Tim Peake makes history yet again by receiving news of honour while aboard the ISS

British astronaut Tim Peake set another record when he became the first person to be named in the Queen's Birthday Honours while in space.

The 44-year-old was aboard the International Space Station (ISS) when he received the call informing him of his recommendation for Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Eight days before his return to Earth, he spoke of his delight, and dedicated the award to those who had made his mission possible.

Sending a message from the ISS, he said: "I am honoured to receive the first appointment to the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George for extraordinary service beyond our planet.

Tim Peake.
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"All of the training and preparation couldn't prepare me for looking down on our Earth from orbit.

"But this isn't an award for me.

"This is to recognise the hundreds of dedicated staff who have made my Principia mission possible, working together across national boundaries to build, operate and maintain our scientific outpost in space - the International Space Station.

"I am only one privileged person in a complex team of technicians, scientists, engineers, educators, trainers and flight directors, all working in pursuit of one of the greatest scientific and technical challenges of our time - exploring our Solar system for the benefit of people on Earth.

Tim Peake.
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"This award is for them."

Peake, who was recognised for services to space research and scientific education, became the first British person to walk in space on January 15.

He said the walk had been the highlight of his six-month mission, which began on December 15 last year.

He is due to return to Earth on June 18, and said he was looking forward to "private time" with his family, fresh air - and the feeling of raindrops on his face.

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