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UK astronaut Tim Peake on new space agency

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The UK has formally launched its new space agency.

The UK has been alone among the major industrialised nations in not having an executive body to direct its activities beyond the Earth's surface.

The new organisation will take control of the money spent on space by government departments and represent the UK in dealings with international partners.

Tim Peake, who has been selected as the first UK astronaut to fly with the European Space Agency, talks about the significance of the new agency.

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