The British ESA astronaut Tim Peake is due to speak at the University of York in the course of the following month, as part of the UK Space Industry’s Schools Conferences.
Major Timothy Nigel “Tim” Peake is famous primarily for being the first British-born individual to become an ESA astronaut and the seventh to enter space. He has also enjoyed a successful career as an officer in the British army.
He is particularly known for participating as an aquanaut in the 2012 Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, which was an underwater exploration mission in which he and his team spent 24 hours beneath the surface. More recently, launching in December 2015, Major Peake undertook a mission on the International Space Station (ISS), where he spent six weeks living and working.
Now safely back on earth, he is due to undertake a tour of the UK to discuss his experiences, however his trip to Central Hall at the University of York on Saturday, the 5th November, will occur before this.
The York conference will include students presenting their work, in the form of presentations and exhibitions, to an audience, which will include Major Peake, as well as experts from the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA). After the conference, Major Peake will give a public talk at 7pm, which will be followed by a Q&A session.
Moreover, the conference will continue on Sunday 6 November at the University, although unfortunately without the presence of Major Peake, with a series of public events, ranging from talks, film showings, an exhibition of UK Space Agency projects and family-friendly workshops.
Major Peake said:
“I’ve been extremely touched by the support of the British public before, during and after my mission to the ISS and I hope that my post-flight tour and public events will allow me to thank as many of those people as possible.”
The University of York’s Dean of Faculty for the Sciences, Professor Brian Fulton, added:
“We are thrilled to welcome Tim to York. His mission to the International Space Station has inspired children and adults alike and we are delighted that the public will be able to join us to hear first-hand about his experiences. “This exciting weekend of events will give the opportunity for the University and local community to celebrate space-science with experts from across the UK.”