Britain got its very own spaceman on Monday as it was announced Tim Peake is to don a spacesuit and spend five months aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Peake's predecessor, Chris Hadfield, set new standards in the public image of astronauts as he tweeted stunning images from the ISS and even covered a David Bowie song.

So how will Peake compare?

Obviously his earthbound tweets can't compare to Hadfield's galactic offering but we can certainly get a flavour of what to expect...

(click on the links to see pictures)

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  • Wow...

  • This is quite possibly the best tweet of all time...

  • UK readers: You're in that picture somewhere...

  • Not a bad way to earn a living...

  • Even his urine is interesting...

  • Not a bad effort, bodes well for some Hadfield-esque shots from the ISS...

  • This is his teddy bear...

  • Hmm... He needs to be a bit more interesting than that.

  • He definitely has a quirky side...

  • Presumably there will be less fish in space...

  • Verdict: If he ditches the teddy bear and refrains from tweeting charts and graphs then Peake is in with a chance.