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From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
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posted 04-27-2014 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To book a place to hear Michael Foale at the public lecture at Durham University on Wednesday, May 7, go here.
NETPark is delighted to welcome a NASA astronaut back to County Durham.

Michael Foale CBE, PhD is a British-American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six space shuttle missions and extended stays on both Mir and the International Space Station. He was the first Briton to perform a space walk, and until 17 April 2008, he held the record for most time spent in space by a US citizen: 374 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes. He still holds the cumulative-time-in-space record for a UK citizen.

In 1999, Foale was a member of space shuttle mission STS-103, during which he conducted an eight-hour spacewalk to replace components of the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2003, Foale was named commander of International Space Station Expedition 8 with cosmonaut Aleksandr Kaleri. Their six-month tour of duty on the station ended on April 29, 2004. For about a year, Foale was Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Operations at NASA HQ, Washington D.C. He then supported Soyuz and ISS operations and spacesuit development for NASA in Houston. In August 2013 it was announced that he was leaving the agency after a 26-year career to work on developing an electric aircraft to advance green aviation technology.

We are honoured that he has taken the time to join us in the County, visiting schools and the North East Technology Park to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

This event is open to the general public but you must register and bring the ticket with you - we anticipate huge demand for the event and we would advise you arrive in plenty of time to ensure a prompt start.


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posted 05-08-2014 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very interesting presentation yesterday evening by Michael Foale. His talk was full of information about his background before NASA, the many missions he took part in and a little about where he saw the future of space exportation. Although he only spoke for an hour he could have carried on all night as everyone seemed transfixed by his stories, especially when he talked about his time on Mir and the collision with Progress 34.

There were lots of youngsters in attendance and both Michael and the kids seemed to enjoy the Q&A. After which Michael was happy to speak with people individually, pose for photos and sign autographs.

A big thank you to Business Durham for organising this event and also to Tykeanaut for posting about it on cS as I would have never known about it otherwise. I hope to see many more similar events in the future.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 05-08-2014 06:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Out of curiosity, did anyone ask, or did Foale happen to mention his thoughts about his Soyuz TMA-3 Sokol spacesuit being auctioned in Brussels that day? It sold for 70,000 euros ($97,400).


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posted 05-08-2014 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 18blue78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nobody asked during the Q&A but maybe it came up during photos/signing/shaking hands at the end.

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