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An ‘out of this world’ opportunity – meet astronaut Michael Foale

(16 May 2019)

Michael Foale working on the Hubble Space Telescope

Have you ever dreamed of space walking? Or seeing Planet Earth out of the window, from thousands of miles up?

Here’s your chance to meet someone who’s done it all.

Meet an astronaut

Former NASA astronaut Michael Foale will speak about his stellar career at the Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe, on Monday 10 June from 7pm to 8pm.

We’re organising the event with Business Durham and the International Space School Education Trust. It’s open to all.

Tickets are priced £5.92. To book, click here.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists

Michael will also be speaking to groups of school children during his visit. This is part of the Space Camp UK project, which aims to link space science to the wider curriculum.

Since the project got started in the North East last year, the response from schools has been fantastic. Currently, 35 primary schools are involved, and there are opportunities for more to join in.

More about Michael

Michael is a veteran of six space shuttle missions, served as Commander of the International Space Station, and holds the record for the most time spent in space by a UK citizen (374 days). His background is in astrophysics.

Did you know that we have some of the world’s top astrophysicists here at Durham? For more information, visit our Physics Department.

Michael left NASA after 26 years’ service in 2013, to work on developing an electric aircraft.

Did you know that our Durham Energy Institute is a leading centre for cutting-edge energy research?