Several stories today, like this one, covering a BBC Radio interview are going with the leadline “British astronaut Major Tim Peake has said he could come back from his landmark space mission younger than when he left”

The actual quote from the Major was “Well if you’re going into the theoretical physics of how fast we are travelling, we go at about 17 and a half thousand miles an hour so yes, you will come back a little bit younger because of course, the faster you travel, the slower time goes – but really, you’re talking fractions of a second.”

So what he’s saying is that – compared to the rest of us earthbound souls, he will have lost a few fractions of a second. NOT that he will be ‘younger than when he left’! If an astronaut actually said that he ought to be grounded for good and probably committed to an asylum.

Fortunately, it’s just the usual case of a few morons in the media not having a fucking clue what they’re writing about.

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