British astronaut joins in London marathon from space station

British astronaut Tim Peake began a marathon in space on Sunday, 400 kilometres above the London marathon taking place at the same time.

The former test pilot is using a specially adapted running machine on the International Space Station to take part in the 42-kilometre run.

Peake, who once completed the London marathon in under 3 hours and 20 minutes, is held by elastic straps attached to his shoulders to stop him floating away from the treadmill, the European Space Agency said.

Marco Frigatti, a judge from the Guinness Book of Records, said the 43-year-old astronaut was set to break a world record if he successfully completes the run in the space under 4 hours and 24 minutes, the time previously set by ISS astronaut Sunita Williams taking part in the Boston marathon in 2007.

Peake has been orbiting earth in the space station as part of a six-month stay since he and two other astronauts were launched on a Russian rocket from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan in December.

The British astronaut made his country's first spacewalk earlier this year as part of a mission to undertake repairs to the outside of the orbital structure.

Last update: Sun, 24/04/2016 - 13:23

More from Science & Tech

China schedules first automated lunar sampling mission for November

China has scheduled the launch of lunar probe Chang'e-5 for November this year, in a mission marking several new...

Samsung: Battery design, manufacturing errors behind Note 7 fires

The design and production of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's batteries caused the mobile phones to catch fire, the South...

Facebook to build data centre in Denmark

The Danish city of Odense and social media giant Facebook announced on Thursday the city was to host a new European...

Scientists say 2016 was warmest on record, for third consecutive time

Last year was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, US government scientists said Wednesday, making 2016...

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket makes first launch since September explosion

An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from a California launch pad on Saturday and delivered 10 satellites into low...