To coincide with the announcement that Major Tim Peake, a former British Army helicopter pilot is to become the first British Astronaut to travel into space in more than 20 years I am delighted to invite you to our June Event which will take place at the European Space Agency.
￼For astronauts and for the ground operations personnel, EAC is the training centre for all European built ISS hardware, including ESA's Columbus laboratory and payloads, as well as for astronaut operations for the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).
EAC has established its medical expertise for astronauts including preventive medicine, evidence based medicine, nutrition and fitness. In addition, EAC provides public relation assistance for human spaceflight and educational activities, as well as promoting opportunities to industry for commercial experiments.
After its foundation in 1990, three ESA astronauts were based at EAC. They were selected in 1978 for the first Spacelab mission on the US Space Shuttle in 1983. ESA Astronaut Ulf Merbold (Germany) flew on that mission. Wubbo Ockels (Netherlands) flew on the Spacelab D1 mission in 1985. Claude Nicollier (Switzerland) completed his first mission on Space Shuttle flight STS-46 in 1992. Nicollier participated in three further Shuttle missions in 1993 (STS-61), 1996 (STS-75) and 1999 (STS-103).
￼￼Nicollier became the first European to perform an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA, more commonly known as a spacewalk) during a Shuttle mission.
In 1998, ESA member states took the decision to join the forces of the national astronaut teams and to reinforce the European identity through a single European Astronaut Corps, a process, which was concluded in 2002 with a Corps of 16 astronauts. Today EAC is the home base of ESA's 14 astronauts.
￼The event will include a talk and tour about the Space Agency’s activities. Hopefully we get to meet a real life astronaut but this will not be finalised until early June due to their pending training programs to be confirmed.
Price 30 euros
Payable on the evening.
The price includes a hot three course buffet food including water. All other drinks will need to be paid for.
If you would like to attend then please confirm by email stating your name to thelma.matuk@t- online.de
We look forward to seeing you then.