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Astronaut Appearances

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  September 2017

Tim Peake
Astronaut Tim Peake
University of York Open Lectures welcomes ESA Astronaut Tim Peake for a free public lecture.

Helen Sharman
Tim Peake
Astronaut Al Worden
New Scientist Live
A festival of ideas and discovery. The show returns for its second year in 2017 taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos.
Excel, London.
Thursday 28th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017.

  October 2017

Astronaut Dirk Frimout
Astronaut Frank De Winne
Aerospace Festival 2017
Guest speakers including astronauts Frank De Winne and Dirk Frimout.
7:00pm, Wednesday 4th October 2017.
Gent Observatory (Belgium).

Astronaut Thomas Reiter
Astronaut Thomas Reiter
Review of 50 years of European space travel with ESA experts for space mission operations and ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter, moderated by Dirk Wagner.
7:00pm, Thursday 5th October 2017.
Central Station, Darmstadt (Germany).

The British Interplanetary Society Events
Skylark - Britain's First Space Rocket
This talk, by Robin Brand, will detail the history of the British Skylark rocket which launched thousands of scientific instruments in to space from Australia and around the world, returning some of the earliest astronomical images obtained.
7:30pm, Thursday 5th October 2017.

Meet NASA Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman
Cunard Queen Mary 2 Space Cruise
Embark on a 7 night Eastbound Transatlantic crossing aboard the Cunard Queen Mary 2 and celebrate International World Space Week with a host of space experts from many fields. Guest speakers include:
  • Charles Barclay (Royal Astronomical Society)
  • Dr Ken MacTaggart (NASA Historian)
  • Jeffrey Hoffman (NASA Astronaut)
  • Stephen Attenborough (Virgin Galactic)
6th - 13th October 2016.

The British Interplanetary Society Events
Space Day 2017
Space Day allows Space related groups to promote themselves and their activities to the public in an entertaining and informative manner. Exhibitors, shows, talks, competitions and more.
11:00am-4:30pm, Saturday 7th October 2017.

Astronaut Al Worden
Astronaut Al Worden
Public talk about his astronaut career and Apollo 15 mission. Breakfast option and autograph signing.
Saturday 7th October 2017.

Dirk Frimout
Claudie Haigneré
Astronaut Mike Foale
Ulf Merbold
Ernst Messerschmid
Jean-Jacques Favier
André Kuipers
Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
ESA Open Day
You are invited to visit ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands for its annual Open Day. The theme this year is Bringing Space to Earth. Visit us to meet astronauts and mission experts, see how we simulate space on the ground, and discover the knowledge and technologies brought back to Earth from space. .
  • Dirk Frimout (STS-45)
  • Claudie Haigneré (Soyuz TM-24, Soyuz TM-33)
  • André Kuipers (Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-03M, ISS 30/31)
  • Ulf Merbold (STS-9, STS-42, Soyuz TM-20)
  • Ernst Messerschmid (STS-61A)
  • Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (Soyuz 40)
  • Jean-Jacques Favier (STS-78)
  • Michael Foale (STS-45, 56, 63, 84, 103, Soyuz TMA-3, ISS-8)
Noordwijk (The Netherlands).
Sunday 8th October 2017.


Al Worden
Astronaut Al Worden
Dark Sky Wales is honoured to host Colonel Al Worden, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15. Al Worden will talk live on stage about his life and career and will be available to sign books and pictures after the lecture for additional fees.

The International Astronomy Show
The Last Man On The Moon
International Astronomy Show 2017
World renowned speakers, trade stands, displays and more.Guest speakers include:
  • Nigel A Ball.
  • Dr Helen Mason OBE.
  • Dr Denis Erkal.
  • Dr Jonathan Nichols.
  • Dr Nicholas Achilleos.
  • Dr Guilleom Anglada.
  • Mark Craig, Director, pays tribute to Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan and shares a unique insight from making "The Last Man On The Moon" movie.
  • Patrick Gilliand.
  • Prof Michael Merrifield.
  • Dr Chris Copperwheat.
  • Prof Chris Lintott.

Stoneleigh Park, Coventry (UK).
13th - 14th October 2017.


Astronaut Al Worden
Astronaut Al Worden
Public talk about his astronaut career and Apollo 15 mission.
Ticket options include lecture with Q&A, autograph event, photos and VIP meal.
Saturday 14th October 2017.

Astronaut Al Worden
Astronaut Al Worden
VIP evening reception including welcome drinks, informal meal and conversation style talk.
Curzon Cinema,Sheffield (UK).
6:30pm, Saturday 14th October 2017.

Astronaut Walter Cunningham
Astronaut Walter Cunningham
FREE public lecture event followed by audience Q&A.
2:30pm, Saturday 21st October 2017.
Technik Museum, Speyer (Germany).

RISpace 2017
RISpace 2017
Reinventing Space, organised by the British Interplanetary Society, is a conference and exhibition dedicated to one of the space industry’s fastest growing sectors – low cost access and utilisation of space. It is the largest conference worldwide in this important sector and was the second biggest space event in the UK during 2015.
24th-26th October 2017.

Tim Peake
Astronaut Tim Peake
The UK launch event for his new "Ask An Astronaut" book with limited book-signing.

Barbican Centre, London (UK).
7:00pm, Tuesday 24th October 2017.

Astronaut Helen Sharman
Astronaut Helen Sharman
Join Helen Sharman OBE, Britain’s first Astronaut, for an inspiring talk about her time in space!

  November 2017

Astronaut Claude Nicollier  (STS-46, STS-61, STS-75, STS-103)
Astronaut Jean-François Clervoy  (STS-66, STS-84, STS-103)
Astronaut Charles Duke  (Apollo 16)
Swiss Apollo
Public presentation with astronaut speakers.
  • Claude Nicollier
  • Jean-François Clervoy
  • Charlie Duke (TBC)

Bruce McCandless II
Astronaut Bruce McCandless
Space Lectures present NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Bruce McCandless for the November 2017 gala dinner and auction. In 1984 Bruce became the first Astronaut to perform an untethered spacewalk and was on the crew that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.

Bruce McCandless II
Astronaut Bruce McCandless
Space Lectures present NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Bruce McCandless for the November 2017 lecture event. In 1984 Bruce became the first Astronaut to perform an untethered spacewalk and was on the crew that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.

André Kuipers
Astronaut André Kuipers
Using the latest special effects and state-of-the-art techniques, entertainment, science, technology and sustainability come together in an impressive 'in the round' show with André Kuipers at the center. A multimedia show for everyone from 5 to 95.

Astronaut Walter Cunningham
Astronaut Walter Cunningham
Public lecture event. Ticket options include conference, photos, autographs and a gala lunch.
1:00pm, Saturday 11th November 2017.
11:30am, Sunday 12th November 2017.
Sheraton Hotel, Milan (Italy).

British Interplanetary Society
Apollo Programme Artifacts
FREE lecture will introduce a number of Apollo era artefacts a couple of which have made the 240,000 mile journey to the moon and back again. This lecture will feature these flown items complete with photographs and supporting audio of their use, to show that some 40 years later they still have a fascinating story to tell.
The Gardeners Arms, Droitwich (UK).
1:45pm, Saturday 18th November 2017.

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Astronaut Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly introduces his new book "Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery".
Live talk followed by book signing.

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly introduces his new book "Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery".
Live talk followed by book signing.

Astronaut Claude Nicollier
Astronaut Claude Nicollier
FREE public lecture event followed by audience Q&A and autograph session.
2:30pm, Saturday 25th November 2017.
Technik Museum, Speyer (Germany).

  February 2018

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, returns to the UK again to reflect on his life and career, sharing videos, photos, anecdotes both humorous and terrifying live on stage.... oh, and he'll be bringing his guitar!

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Public lecture presentation sharing photos, videos and anecdotes from his astronaut career all narrated live on stage.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Public lecture presentation sharing photos, videos and anecdotes from his astronaut career all narrated live on stage.
7:30pm, Thursday 15th February 2018.
SSE Arena, Belfast (UK).

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Public lecture presentation sharing photos, videos and anecdotes from his astronaut career all narrated live on stage.
7:30pm, Friday 16th February 2018.
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (UK).

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