Astronaut Mike Foale comes back down to earth to inspire Manchester’s future generation.
William Hulme’s Grammar School students will have an out-of-this-world experience when a famous astronaut visits the school.
Mike Foale, was born and educated in the UK and moved to America in the 1980s to pursue his dreams. He joined NASA in 1983 and was accepted as an astronaut candidate in 1987.
Following this acceptance, he took part in 6 space shuttle missions. Foale, was the first Briton to make a space walk.
As an astrophysicist, Foale spent time on the Russian space station. In 1999 he took part in the space shuttle mission STS-103, where he conducted an 8-hour spacewalk. As part of this mission, he replaced components of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Adding to his impressive repertoire, Mike was a commander of the International Space Station Expedition 8 with cosmonaut Aleksandr Kaleri.
In 2004 he was rewarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
After leaving NASA in 2013, the astronaut has become actively involved with the International Space Schools Education Trust. The programme aims to give unique experiences to students around the world.
The astronaut is set for touchdown on Thursday 11 May. The visit will be in partnership with the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET). The ISSET works with the some of the world’s leading space organisations to deliver unique learning opportunities. The programme is aimed at all ages.
Peter Mulholland, Principal of William Hulme’s Grammar School, said:
“We are really looking forward to welcoming Mike, in what is a real coup for the school. It’s also a fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to meet an astronaut of Mike’s experience and hear of his adventures in space”.