Space Shuttle Astronaut to Meet UK Students
High-flying Space Shuttle astronaut Piers Sellers, a crew member of the STS-121 second return to flight test mission in July of this year, will be making a special presentation in London on 22 November 2006.
British-born Sellers will be appearing at the Queen Mary University of London’s Skeel Lecture Theatre – located in the People’s Palace – between 4-6 pm to give a lecture to members of the British Interplanetary Society, students from the university and local school children. His talk will focus on his latest mission and include exclusive video footage of the flight. Afterwards he will be answering questions and presenting the Society with a pennant that was flown on the STS-121 mission.
Sellers, who participated in three spacewalks during his latest 13 day trip and has spent a total of 559 hours in space, will also be meeting future young scientists – the winning students from the Ideas Foundation’s ‘Creative Space’ who rose to the challenge set by the Parliamentary Space Committee to ‘create a case for space’.
The winning student, Léonie Sinden, has received a year’s complimentary membership of the British Interplanetary Society for 2007 and will accept the pennant flown in space on behalf of the Society’s President John Harlow.
Sellers’ lecture will also mark the launch of the new ‘Creative Space’ programme led by the Ideas Foundation in partnership with the British Interplanetary Society, International Space School Education Trust and Queen Mary, University of London.
Sellers will also be setting students a new challenge on behalf of the BIS, asking students to consider whether a manned or robotic mission to Mars is best. The best students overall will get the chance to see astronauts at their NASA headquarters in the States, as part of a ‘once in a lifetime’ programme organised by the International Space School Education Trust.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The presentation is jointly organised by the British Interplanetary Society, the Sir John Cass Foundations, the Ideas Foundation, the International Space School Education Trust and Queen Mary, University of London.
Journalists and photographers wishing to attend the presentation should contact Suszann Parry, BIS Executive Secretary:
Tel: +44 (0)207-735-3160