Tim Peake at the RAL Oxford May 11th 2012

ESA astronaut Timothy Peake, from the United Kingdom, training with the Soyuz simulator in Star City

We attended the evening lecture at the RAL, a standing room only event; a packed house with an audience of all ages. Tim gave a lecture of approximately one hour (it has been recorded and will be available ASAP on the STFC website).

Plenty of space images and a few short video clips interspersed with a well-informed presentation. Tim described being an astronaut as the best job in the world. He is excited with the challenges so far encountered the ones yet to come. His enthusiasm was infectious. He left Houston yesterday to be here today fresh from aquatic adventures.

A great Q&A session with most of the good questions from the younger members of the audience, as well as the recurrent how does one go to the loo in space? (All very English don’t you know).

Its sounds like he’d had a busy day starting at 8.00 a.m. with schools competitions and visits along with the 1.00 p.m. lecture and the one tonight.

Congrats to cS’er Ollie (now a proud Dad to son Connor) with the newborn’s space autograph collection officially started. Rob Synge was also present.

Tim stayed for photo ops, autographs and short conversations with all.

A great evening, thanks Tim and the staff at the RAL/STFC Talking Science Team.




Major Timothy Peake and General Jean-François Clervoy, ESA Astronaut Corps – Space Event

New Event Glasgow, Scotland.

Major Timothy Peake & General Jean-François Clervoy, ESA Astronaut Corps 

The 2012 David Elder Lecture

Wednesday 28th March 2012 at 7 pm, McCance Building, Lecture Theatre 1

16 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ (Map)

“Up, Up and Away! What it takes to be an Astronaut”

Major Timothy Peake & General Jean-François Clervoy, ESA Astronaut Corps Major Timothy PeakeGeneral Jean-François Clervoy

This will be an excellent opportunity to understand the aims, aspirations and achievements of human spaceflight.

  • Tim Peake is the first UK publicly selected and trained astronaut and has a key role as an ambassador for science and manned space-flight in the UK.
  • Jean-François has flown on 3 space missions, including visiting MIR and the ISS and in the space shuttle.

The public will have a chance to pose questions as well as hearing all about the fun and trials of human spaceflight. Equally important is our training for space flight and the scientific experiments we undertake in space – the visiting astronauts will talk about their stays at StarCity and NASA, scuba diving training, as well as living in Arctic environments.

To reserve your (free) tickets, click here.