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Published: 09 July 2019

NASA astronaut to give talk at the University of Surrey

Former NASA astronaut, Dr Michael Foale CBE, will be giving a talk at the University of Surrey to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landings.

Dr Foale will be discussing how the iconic Apollo mission influenced his own eventful career at an event on Tuesday 16 July, in the Rik Medlik Building from 7.30pm until 9.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

Tickets for this event cost £19.50 (concession tickets cost £12.50)  – for more information please visit the Pint of Science website.

Having clocked more than 370 days in space, Dr Foale is the most experienced British-born astronaut in history and the first to perform a space-walk during which he saved the Hubble Space Telescope in 1999. He has flown in six Space Shuttle missions and a Soyuz mission, and commanded the International Space Station.

Dr Foale was also responsible for rescuing the Russian Mir Space Station when it was hit by a supply craft, lost power and tumbled out of control. He was recently inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.  

There will be a hands-on exhibition hosted by the University of Surrey’s Department of Physics before the talk, where visitors will have the opportunity to learn about space research and exploration, the lives of stars, and dark matter.

This special event has been organised in partnership with the International Space School Trust and Pint of Science, who work with some of the world’s leading space organisations to deliver unique learning opportunities for students of all ages.

Professor Justin Read, Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey, said: “This is a unique opportunity to meet and listen to the insights of one of the very few people walking this earth who has been to space, and a great opportunity to learn about some of the exciting space and astrophysics research going on right here at the University of Surrey.”

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