As you may know Tim Peake is Britain’s first ESA astronaut. He spent 186 days working on the International Space Station where he completed his mission called Principia. A summary of his mission can be seen here:
The ceremony took place in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, and started with a Public Oration by Mr Nigel Siesage who praised Tim Peake, in particular for his work, whilst in space, in producing activities, live links and resources designed for schools. Tim had, just the day before, been talking to school children at the National Space Centre as a part of his mostly educational tour of the UK. After Tim Peake received his honorary degree he gave a speech to us where he enthused not about the beauty of space but what he said was more of a privilege; to work with scientist, engineers and people from all around the world. He also described the lasting legacy of his mission to be to engage students not just in science but the whole range of subjects.
The event concluded with a beautiful 360 video about the ISS (I highly recommend the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, it is genuinely is an amazing visual and educational experience), and then some talks about the future plans for the National Space Centre and the plan for The National Space Park (I will write a future blog about potential creation of The National Space Park).
So congratulations Tim Peake on your honorary degree, and thank you to the University of Leicester and the National Space Centre on such a wonderfully organised event. (To watch the ceremony click here.)
To conclude here is a video of Tim Peake spinning around.
“Science has a way, I think, of transcending national boundaries. ”