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Elton John wishes 'rocket man' luck

Elton John wishes 'rocket man' luck

Sir Elton John wished astronaut Tim Peake good luck before he set off on a space mission today (15.12.15).

The 68-year-old singer - whose 1972 space single 'Rocket Man' reached number two in the UK charts - took to his Twitter account to wish Tim well as he prepared to become the first Brit to join the International Space Station crew.

Elton wrote: "From one Rocket Man to another, good luck @astro_timpeake with your launch and mission! #Principia #spacerocks (sic)"

Several other stars also wished Tim good luck before he set off on his mission from Kazakhstan this morning.

'Harry Potter' actor Oliver Phelps - who plays George Weasley in the wizard film franchise - tweeted: "Still can't quite believe how calm @astro_timpeake and the other astronauts are. I swear one of them is doing a crossword! (sic)"

TV presenters Ant and Dec wrote: "GoodLuckTim".

Even British Prime Minister David Cameron was watching the TV as Tim headed off for his mission.

He wrote: "It was great to watch Tim Peake blast off on his mission to join the International Space Station."

The 43-year-old astronaut set off at 11.03GMT and was watched by his wife Rebecca and sons Thomas and Oliver.