An Evening with Astronaut Michael Foale
To celebrate the launch of our brand new zone Explorer:Space, we are delighted to welcome NASA astronaut Michael Foale CBE for an exclusive evening event in our planetarium.
We are hugely excited to welcome British-American astronaut Michael Foale CBE to launch Winchester Science Centre's brand new immersive zone Explorer:Space. Foale was born in Louth, Lincolnshire, went to school in Canterbury, Kent, and received his Astrophysics PhD from the University of Cambridge. He departed the UK shortly afterwards to pursue his dream of going into orbit by joining NASA. This required him to become a US citizen.
During his 26-year career at NASA, Foale went on six space missions and logged more than 374 days in space, including four space walks totaling 22 hours and 44 minutes. This makes him the most experienced British-born astronaut in the history of human spaceflight!
One of Foale’s missions had him onboard the Russian space station, Mir, when it was hit by a visiting cargo ship in 1997. He helped re-establish the stricken Mir after it was degraded by the collision and depressurised; Foale went out and conducted a 6-hour extravehicular activity (EVA) with a Russian colleague to inspect the damage to the station’s Spektr module.
We would like you to join us in our spectacular planetarium to enjoy an exclusive evening with Michael Foale himself. The event will include a fascinating talk from Foale about his incredible career, a Q&A session, an opportunity for photographs and a planetarium show.
The schedule will run as follows:
19:15 Doors open; enjoy a free drink upon arrival
19:30 - 20:15 Michael Foale's talk followed by Q&A session
20:15 - 21:00 Interval; there will be the opportunity to take photos with Michael Foale and be one of the first to climb onboard Explorer:Space
21:00 Planetarium showing of Faster Than Light
21:30 Event ends
How to book
Tickets - £25
Please book your tickets using the link below. This event is for adults and children aged 12 years and over.