Tim Peake could end his retirement after just 9 MONTHS to lead the UK's first team into space: British spaceman is tipped to be among crew of four - alongside the world's first parastronaut and two female astronauts

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Just 9 months aft announcing his retirement, Major Tim Peake whitethorn beryllium astir to make a spectacular return to space.

According to reports, the legendary British astronaut will lead a four-person UK squad to nan International Space Station (ISS) sometime successful nan adjacent fewer years. 

Major Peake – known arsenic nan 'first British spaceman' – is group to beryllium joined by the world's first parastronaut, primitively from Surrey, and 2 female astronauts. 

The quartet will walk up to 2 weeks connected nan orbiting laboratory to transportation retired technological investigation and show caller technologies earlier flying home. 

Peake, 51, famously spent six months connected nan ISS betwixt 2015 and 2016, but his younger crewmates will beryllium making their first trips into orbit. 

Major Tim Peake, pictured present successful his European Space Agency abstraction suit, could make a spectacular return to space 

The quartet will walk up to 2 weeks connected nan orbiting laboratory to transportation retired technological investigation and show caller technologies earlier flying home

The UK Space Agency has collaborated pinch US patient Axiom Space for nan mission, though they will officially beryllium represented by nan European Space Agency (ESA). 

The agency confirmed to MailOnline that nan ngo is successful nan readying stages, but added that nary day has been chosen and nan unit has not been selected yet. 

It's apt nan ngo will require a seasoned astronaut to enactment arsenic commandant - pinch Major Peake nan astir evident contender.

Peake, who has focused connected ambassadorial activity of late, acknowledged nan ngo connected X (Twitter) arsenic 'exciting', but did not reside nan reports that he would beryllium connected board. 

Meanwhile, nan astir apt contenders for nan 3 different spots are nan Brits recently selected for nan ESA's astronaut programme successful 2023.

They are John McFall, 42, a surgical trainee and Paralympic medallist; Meganne Christian, 35, a materials intelligence primitively from Kent; and Rosemary Coogan, 32, an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland. 

McFall, who was filmed undergoing weightlessness training earlier successful nan year, had his correct limb amputated pursuing a motorcycle mishap successful Thailand in 2000.  

He was fitted pinch a prosthesis and is now moving pinch nan ESA to analyse really specified a disablement could impact a stint successful space.      

Pictured: Members of ESA's caller people of UK astronauts Meganne Christian, John McFall and Rosemary Coogan

Mr Peake acknowledged nan ngo connected X (Twitter) arsenic 'exciting', but did not reside nan reports that he would beryllium connected board

The 51-year-old, from Chichester successful Sussex, was selected arsenic an ESA astronaut successful 2009 and spent six months connected nan International Space Station from December 2015

UK Space Agency has conscionable collaborated pinch US patient Axiom Space for nan mission. Pictured, Tejpaul Bhatia astatine Axiom Space (left) and Dr Paul Bate, main executive of nan UK Space Agency

Tim Peake's travel to space 

2008: Applied to nan European Space Agency. Start of rigorous, year-long screening process

2009: Selected to subordinate ESA's Astronaut Corps and appointed an ambassador for UK subject and space-based careers

2010: Completed 14 months of astronaut basal training

2011: Peake and 5 different astronauts joined a squad surviving successful caves successful Sardinia for a week.

2012: Spent 10 days surviving successful a imperishable underwater guidelines successful Florida 

2013: Assigned a six-month ngo to nan International Space Station

2015: Blasted disconnected to nan ISS  

Rosemary Coogan, 32, is from Belfast but went to schoolhouse successful Brighton and has 2 masters degrees successful physics from nan University of Durham. 

From a young age, she spent respective weeks a twelvemonth distant from location onboard subject training vessels and onshore bases arsenic a Cadet Petty Officer pinch nan Sea Cadets from 2002 to 2009. 

Meanwhile, Meganne Christian, 35, was calved successful Kent but moved to Australia astatine a young property and studied astatine the University of New South Wales. 

The materials intelligence has worked astatine nan National Research Council of Italy successful Bologna and arsenic a interrogator astatine Concordia Station successful Antarctica, 1 of nan astir distant places connected Earth. 

There's nary actual day for nan mission, and considering specified projects usually return betwixt 18-24 months to travel to fruition from nan readying stages, it whitethorn not hap until 2025.

By this time, Major Peake will beryllium 53 and would person to beryllium successful bully beingness style to extremity his spot being taken. 

Major Peake has already hinted astatine a return; erstwhile asked by James O’Brien during a recent podcast if he'd ever spell backmost to abstraction he replied 'never opportunity never'. 

Peake said: 'If you'd asked maine that a twelvemonth ago, I'd person said location possibly weren't a immense magnitude of opportunities.

'Actually, correct now, I deliberation there's much opportunity than I've moreover realized. There's a batch happening successful nan commercialized abstraction sector.

'It's really a "never opportunity never" – location are plentifulness of opportunities.'

View of the Soyuz TMA-19M rocket carrying Tim Peake, arsenic good arsenic Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra, to nan ISS successful December 2015

Tim Peake, primitively from Chichester successful Sussex, was selected arsenic an ESA astronaut backmost successful 2009 and spent six months connected nan ISS from December 2015. 

When he blasted disconnected to nan ISS, he became nan first officially British spaceman, although he was not nan first Briton successful space. 

It was backmost successful 1991 erstwhile Sheffield-born chemist Helen Sharman not only became nan first British spacewoman, but nan first British personification successful space. 

Before both Sharman and Peake had been into space, different UK-born men had done truthful done NASA's abstraction programme, acknowledgment to acquiring US citizenship.

But Sharman and Peake are considered nan first 'official' British group successful abstraction arsenic they were some representing their state of birth. 

Major Peake besides became the first astronaut funded by nan British government. 

During his clip connected nan ISS, he ran nan London marathon and became nan first personification to complete a spacewalk while sporting a Union emblem connected his shoulder. 

Meet nan astronauts tipped to alert into abstraction pinch Tim Peake 

Three Britons – including nan world's first ever 'parastronaut' – are among nan European Space Agency's first caller cohort of astronauts successful almost 15 years.

In November 2022, John McFall, Rosemary Coogan and Meganne Christian were named successful a people of 17 men and women chosen from a whopping 22,523 applicants. 

They will beryllium hoping to travel successful nan footsteps of existent British astronaut Tim Peake, who spent six months connected nan International Space Station (ISS) almost a decade ago.

Here's a person look astatine nan 3 adventurers, who whitethorn beryllium joined by Major Peake himself connected a travel to nan ISS. 

John McFall

Britain's John McFall was named arsenic nan world's first 'parastronaut' past November 

John McFall, 42, is simply a British father-of-three, surgical trainee and Paralympic medallist.

Originally from Frimley successful Surrey, Mr McFall had his correct limb amputated pursuing a motorcycle mishap successful Thailand in 2000. 

He was fitted pinch a prosthesis and is now moving pinch nan European Space Agency (ESA) to analyse really specified a disablement could impact a stint successful space.

He won a bronze badge astatine nan 2008 Paralympic Games successful Beijing among different honours, earlier retiring to return up his aesculapian studies astatine Cardiff University.

He has put his medical profession connected clasp to activity pinch ESA and travel his 'passion for subject and life'. 

Rosemary Theresa Coogan is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland

Rosemary Coogan 

Rosemary Coogan, 32, is an astrophysicist primitively from Belfast successful Northern Ireland. 

She attended schoolhouse successful Brighton and gained 2 master’s degrees from nan University of Durham. 

One of these focused connected physics, mathematics, machine programming and astronomy, and nan different on gamma-ray emanation from achromatic holes. 

Coogan moved to nan University of Sussex arsenic a doctoral researcher, studying postulation improvement and nan activity of progressive galactic nuclei.

From a young age, she spent respective weeks a twelvemonth distant from location onboard subject training vessels and onshore bases arsenic a Cadet Petty Officer pinch nan Sea Cadets from 2002 to 2009. 

Meganne studied astatine nan University of New South Wales successful Sydney, Australia

Meganne Christian 

Meganne Christian, 35, is simply a materials intelligence postgraduate from the University of New South Wales successful Sydney.

She was calved successful Pembury successful Kent but moved to Australia astatine a young property and attended Illawarra Grammar School in Wollongong. 

She said she was inspired to go an astronaut erstwhile 1 visited her school. 

The materials intelligence has worked astatine nan National Research Council of Italy successful Bologna and arsenic a interrogator astatine Concordia Station successful Antarctica, 1 of nan astir distant places connected Earth. 

According to ESA, Meganne received respective nationalist awards for outstanding investigation successful nan section of engineering and business chemistry.

In summation to British and Italian citizenship, she besides holds Australian and New Zealand citizenship.

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