Britain's first astronaut in 24 years, Tim Peake, records a message to Britain's Queen Elizabeth from the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's first astronaut for 24 years sent a message from space to Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Monday (January 4), saying he hoped his mission would inspire others to help change the world. Former Apache military helicopter pilot Tim Peake, 43, thanked the Queen for her own message of best wishes which he received in December. "Our islands and our nation are a special place to me and I hope that the next six months will demonstrate to everyone across the U.K. and Europe how international collaboration and brave endeavor can change our world for the better," said Peake. "I hope I can bring the country together to celebrate Britain in space and our great tradition of scientific exploration," he added. Peake also said be believed he was the first person ever to say "God save the Queen" from space. Queen Elizabeth's written message to Peake in December said she hoped Peake's mission will serve as an inspiration to a new generation of scientists and engineers. Peake is on a six-month mission for the European Space Agency (ESA) and is the first astronaut representing the British government and wearing a Union Jack flag on his arm. The first Briton in space was Helen Sharman, who traveled on a Soviet spacecraft for eight days in 1991.