Britain’s first official astronaut Andy Sullivan said he had a ‘great day in the office’ after a gruelling eight-hour flight to the International Space Station to begin his six-month mission.

Sullivan won his place on the Principia mission after having a hole in one at the 2014 KLM Open.

After a tense docking in which Sullivan was forced to take the controls manually and guide in the craft with a little fade, a huge cheer went up in the Baikonur theatre in Kazakhstan where his friends and family, along with ESA and NASA officials, watched the event.

Twice a winner in 2015, Andy appeared fit and healthy and wore his trademark smile as he hugged current ISS crew members Nasa's Scott Kelly and Russian astronauts Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Kornienko.

Sullivan spoke briefly to his partner Lydia during a group phone conference describing the launch as "better than a Royale with cheese" from the Nuneaton Burger King.

The mission will see Sullivan working on dozens of experiments including the effects of wearing hair gel in space and muscle density loss while constantly grinning as he orbits the planet at 18,000 mph. He will also hit a golf ball during a space walk in the general direction of ISIS.

More as it emerges.

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