Peake’s rocket arrives at launch pad

Media captionSarah Rainsford watched the Soyuz space craft’s journey to the launch site

The rocket that will carry UK astronaut Tim Peake into orbit has arrived at the launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

At 01:00 GMT (07:00 local time), the Soyuz launcher was rolled out on its flat-bed transporter for the 2km train journey to the pad.

The train took almost two hours to reach the pad, known as Site No 1.

Mr Peake will be accompanied by American Tim Kopra and Russian Yuri Malenchenko on Tuesday’s flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

It should take the astronauts about six hours to reach the orbiting outpost, where they will dock and join the crew of three already stationed there.

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