British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space

British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
British astronaut Tim Peake, a member of the next mission to the International Space Station, shows a thumbs-up after a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Timothy Peake, the first Briton to represent the European Space Agency aboard the International Space Station, will be away from the planet for six months but looks forward to Earthly pleasures like seeing the new Star Wars movie and having a Christmas pudding.

Peake is to blast off Tuesday from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, along with Timothy Kopra of the United States and Russian Yuri Malenchenko.

At a crew news conference on Monday, Peake said he expects ground staff will be able to download "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for the crew to watch.

Peake says he's also looking forward to microgravity experiments inspired by Isaac Newton.

  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    From left: British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the next mission to the International Space Station, pose for a photo after a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, a member of the next mission to the International Space Station, speaks during a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    Orthodox priests conduct a blessing service in front of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft at Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The Russian rocket will carry U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    Orthodox priests conduct a blessing service in front of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft at Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The Russian rocket will carry U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    Orthodox priests walk after a blessing service of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft at Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The Russian rocket will carry U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    Orthodox priests conduct a blessing service in front of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft at Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The new Soyuz mission is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The Russian rocket will carry U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and British astronaut Tim Peake. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    From left: British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the next mission to the International Space Station, attend a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled forn Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    British astronaut Tim Peake, a member of the next mission to the International Space Station, speaks during a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    British astronaut Tim Peake, a member of the next mission to the International Space Station, smiles during a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, right, and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the next mission to the International Space Station, leaves after a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    British astronaut Tim Peake, a member of the next mission to the International Space Station, gestures after a news conference in Russian- leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • British astronaut hopes to see new Star Wars movie in space
    From left: British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the next mission to the International Space Station, pose for a photo after a news conference in Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Start of the new Soyuz mission is scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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