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Tim Peake, the first Briton to represent the European Space Agency aboard the International Space Station, gives the cameras a thumbs up ahead of today's launch.
The Soyuz FG Rocket will carry Peake to the International Space Station.
It is positioned on the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The sun sets over the launch site on the eve of the launch.
Tim Peake speaks during the crew's news conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel.
The astonaut's mother, Angela Peake, looks proudly on.
Briton Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, and US astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the expedition, reporting for duty.
Russian Orthodox priests conduct a blessing service in front of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.
Peake says he is relaxed and ready for his historic launch into space.
The Soyuz FG Rocket ready for lift off.
Oliver, Tim Peake's four-year-old son, salutes his father as he heads off on his six-month mission.
Peake's final tweet from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, ahead of his departure.
Peake gestures to his son before leaving for the expedition.
Peake blasts off into orbit on board the Soyuz space capsule on his way to becoming the first British astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station.
Photographers capture the moment the Soyuz rocket blasts off.
Peake will be away from the planet for six months but is looking forward to earthly pleasures like seeing the new Star Wars movie and enjoying a Christmas pudding.