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Fulfilling your Dreams and Ambitions

Fulfilling your Dreams and Ambitions


On Wednesday 4 March we will be welcoming astrophysicist and British-born NASA astronaut Michael Foale, CBE, PHD to St Peter’s as part of the Public Lecture programme. The lecture will take place at 7pm in the Memorial Hall. 

Michael is a British-born NASA astronaut and astrophysicist.  His six space missions included him bringing the Hubble Space Telescope back to life, being Commander of the International Space station and saving the Russian MIR Space Station as it tumbled out of control around the Earth, following the only ever collision in space.  He has also held the record for the longest amount of time spent by an astronaut in space.  In this talk he will describe his incredible opportunities and achievements and emphasise to young people that they can adopt the NASA ‘you can do it spirit’ and go on to be whatever they aspire to be.

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Speaker Biography

Mike FoaleMichael Foale, CBE, PhD, is a British-American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut.

He was born in Louth, Lincolnshire and raised in Cambridge before studying Natural Sciences at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After graduating with a first-class honours degree and a doctorate in Laboratory Astrophysics, he moved to Houston, Texas in order to pursue a career in the U.S. Space Program. In 1987 he was selected to become an astronaut.

During his career, Michael flew on space shuttle missions STS-45 (1992), STS-56 (1993) and STS-63 (1995), undertaking four hours of extravehicular activity (EVA) on STS-63. He then took part in an extended mission aboard the Russian Mir space station, spending four months on Mir in 1997 during the Mir 23 and Mir 24 missions. During Mir 23, the station encountered trouble as it was struck by a Progress resupply vessel. Using knowledge from his degree, Michael calculated how the stars were moving, and was thus able to advise Russian ground control of how to stop the resulting roll. He was awarded the Yuri A. Gagarin Gold Medal by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for his actions.

In 1999, Michael conducted an eight-hour spacewalk to replace components of the Hubble Space Telescope as part of the space shuttle mission STS-103. 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. He is now part of the commercial sector working on developing an electric aircraft to advance green aviation technology.

Michael was the first Briton to perform a spacewalk, 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.

Find out more about Michael Foale here.