Astronaut Tim Peake: ‘What happens when we die? We find out whether we are living in a simulation’

The astronaut on shyness, spacewalks and the time his wife gave him an ultimatum

Born in West Sussex, Tim Peake, 50, spent 18 years in military service. He was working as a test pilot when he applied to be an astronaut with the European Space Agency. In 2015, he became the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station, where he spent six months. His latest children’s book, The Cosmic Diary of Our Incredible Universe, has just been published and he is currently on his first UK speaking tour. He lives with his wife and two sons in West Sussex.

When were you happiest?
My happiest moments are when I am wild camping with my family in Scotland and cooking on a fire by a river.

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