As UK astronaut Tim Peake readies himself to make his landmark flight to the International Space Station (ISS), and in celebration of the first Brit in space in over 20 years, Britain's best-loved talking robot boldly went where no toy had gone before - capturing stunning views of the Earth.  

With all eyes focused skyward in 2015 - with the dramatic supermoon and lunar eclipse and Nasa's annoucement of water on Mars - interest in space travel has never been higher. To celebrate a big year of space exploration, teamed with a high altitude ballooning expert to prep and prime their lovable mascot for a one-off mission into space.  Taking off from a secret location in Ross-on-Wye (not Kazakhstan where Tim Peake's liftoff will occur), BRIAN travelled at a speed of 5.5m per second while attached to a hydrogen weather balloon.

BRIAN reached dizzying heights of 35,200 metres - three times the height of a commercial airplane - as he successfully became the first ever price-comparison mascot to breach the Earth’s stratosphere, taking in stunning vistas as his reward. The journey took one hour and 40 minutes to complete. Then began the race to his landing point, as BRIAN’s co-ordinates were traced to a location near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. 

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But for now, all eyes on Tim Peake!