Sir Elton sent a tweet “from one rocket man to another” as the mission prepared to launch on Tuesday but Major Peake was already inside the spacecraft that would take him and the crew to the International Space Station (ISS) – and understandably unable to use his phone.
“Thank you,” he wrote on Thursday morning. “Sorry for late reply. Was already in spacecraft when your message came in (zero hour 9 am). #spacerocks”
Major Peake, who is the first British astronaut to represent the European Space Agency (ESA) and serve on the ISS, has received millions of messages from well-wishers around the world.
He wrote that he was “honoured” to receive a letter of congratulations from the Queen, who said she hoped that his achievement will inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.
The father-of-two is sharing highlights of his experience on Twitter, describing the incredible views of Earth, life on board the station and sharing photos.
Major Peake already appears to have settled into life in orbit with earthly comforts including tea and a bacon sandwich.
The British favourites were served to him by American astronaut Scott Kelly, his station commander.
Major Peake, who blasted into space on board a Soyuz rocket, said he was “loving every minute” of the mission so far.
According to the ESA, he will spend today unpacking cargo, exercising and taking part in a Canadian experiment investigating the effects of radiation on bone marrow, as well as taking part in a question and answer session.
Additional reporting by PA
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