Peake, who is set to embark on a six-month mission on board the ISS tomorrow, revealed that he had tuition on how to use the Nikon D4 last year.

‘Had great lesson on Nikon D4 camera & how best to use some of the lenses onboard #ISS for those all important photos!’ Peake tweeted in 2014, adding a photo showing how the camera is protected for spacewalks.

tim.peake.nikond4 copyIn September, Peake explained on Facebook that astronauts mainly use Nikon D4 cameras and a selection of lenses on the ISS.

Peake, from Chichester in West Sussex, will be on a Russian rocket that is due to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Speaking to journalists this morning, ahead of his expected 173 days in orbit, Peake said he was looking forward to a ‘fantastic’ view of Earth.

The Nikon D4 boasts a shooting rate of up to 11 frames per second and was claimed to set a new benchmark in low-light performance at the time of its launch in 2012.

In January, it will be four years since Nikon first announced the 16.2-milion-pixel D4, ahead of the 2012 Olympics in the summer of that year.

Last month, Nikon confirmed it was working on the first of its next generation of FX-format DSLRs – the D5.

In 2016, Nikon is also due to launch a new flagship flashgun, the Speedlight SB-5000 and wireless transmitter, the WT-6.

The launch date of the D5 has yet to be decided.