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5 September 2016, 00:36 | Updated: 5 September 2016, 12:43
British astronaut Tim Peake has confirmed he will attend a UK Space Agency Schools Conference at University of Portsmouth, where he previously studied.
The conference which will take place on Wednesday 3 November will give school children the chance to showcase work they have done in the past year, inspired by his Principia mission, which saw the flight dynamics and evaluation graduate spend more than six months on board the International Space Station.
Tim, who is Britain’s first ESA astronaut, said: “Encouraging students to engage with my Principia mission was always something that I had hoped to do and I am thrilled at the range of different things young people have done to follow my mission. I’m really looking forward to hearing about their work direct from the young people themselves.”
University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “It’s a great honour for us to welcome one of our most celebrated alumni back to the University for this prestigious event.
“Tim’s six-month mission on board the International Space Station was an inspiration to schoolchildren everywhere, so we are delighted that he will visiting Portsmouth in November and seeing for himself just how his achievements have fired the imaginations of the next generation of scientists and space explorers.”
Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education and Skills for the UK Space Agency, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students and pupils to find out what it’s like to be part of a professional conference. We want to celebrate the achievements of young people across the whole country, to meet with them and to hear more about what they have done. It’s great that Tim is able to join us for both of these events.”