Exclusive VIP audience with NASA Astronaut Michael Foale.
NASA Astronaut Mike Foale
The Armchair Astronaut is proud to present an exclusive VIP audience with British-born NASA Astronaut
Mike Foale
to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mir Space Station / Progress M-34 collision in space and successful rescue of the Mir Space Station.
Saturday 24th June 2017.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Michael Foale CBE is a British-American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and extended missions on both the Russian Mir Space Station and the International Space Station.
He was the first Briton to perform a space walk, and once held the record for most time spent in space by a US citizen: 374 days. He still holds the cumulative-time-in-space record for a UK citizen.
Space Shuttle & Mir Space Station
Mike Foale
Foale was born in Lincolnshire in 1957. He studied at Queens' College, Cambridge receiving a first-class honours degree and a doctorate in laboratory astrophysics.
Pursuing a career in the US Space Program, Foale moved to Houston, Texas, to work on Space Shuttle navigation for McDonnell Douglas. In June 1983, Foale joined NASA Johnson Space Center in the payload operations area of the Mission Operations Directorate where he was responsible for payload operations on Space Shuttle missions STS-51G, 51-I, 61-B and 61-C.
Foale was selected as an Astronaut candidate in 1987.
He flew on space shuttle missions STS-45 (1992), STS-56 (1993) and STS-63 (1995). In the last mission he undertook a four-hour EVA.
He was then selected for an extended mission aboard the Russian Mir Space Station. Launched by STS-84 and returned by STS-86, Foale spent four months on Mir in 1997 during the Mir 23 and Mir 24 missions. During Mir 23, the station's Spektr module was struck by a Progress resupply vessel. It was Foale's knowledge and calculations that stopped the resulting roll and avoided the likely loss of the Mir Space Station (and possibly even the crew). Foale and Russian cosmonaut Solovyev later conducted a six-hour EVA to inspect and repair the damage to the Spektr module. For his efforts, he was awarded the Yuri A. Gagarin Gold Medal by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
In 1999, Foale was a member of space shuttle mission STS-103, during which he conducted an eight-hour spacewalk to replace components of the Hubble Space Telescope.
In 2003, Foale was named Commander of International Space Station Expedition 8 with cosmonaut Kaleri. Launched aboard a Soyuz rocket, their six-month tour of duty on the station ended on 29 April 2004.
For about a year, Foale was Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA HQ Exploration Operations in Washington D.C. He then supported Soyuz and ISS operations and spacesuit development for NASA in Houston before retiring from NASA.

Event Schedule

12:00     Event Open.
Large social area with coffee shop and space trade stands.
There is the option for you to meet and greet personally with Mike Foale and pose for a professional photo. £20 per photo payable direct to the photographer. Collect your photo later in the event.

13:00     A feature length audio-visual lecture presentation where Mike will discuss his career from humble beginnings in Lincolnshire to a record-holding NASA astronaut and the all important Mir/M-34 collision... what really happened! Includes never before seen photos/footage and private videos. Includes 15min break.

15:00     Interlude and prize draw.

15:30    Interview and audience Q&A.
The Armchair Astronaut interviews Mike live on stage about his new book, his upcoming movie and takes questions from the audience.

16:00     Main Event Closes.
As you leave, collect your professional photo and your limited edition hand-signed collage from Mike Foale. Enjoy the trade stands, coffee shop and social gathering until 18:00.

16:30-18:00     Exclusive VIP Audience.
An alternative ticket option which includes priority seating at all of the above plus: Enjoy a relaxed audience where Mike will share some more private memories of his spaceflights and offer in-person autographs. Strictly limited to 52 seats and exclusive to friends and followers of The Armchair Astronaut.
Children/Students £20.00 each
Adults £30.00 each

Please contact us if you are interest in group (10+) bookings.
£75.00 with Exclusive VIP Audience

Refund Policy: We are unable to offer refunds to attendees who can no-longer or do not attend. If Mike Foale is unable to attend or the event is cancelled you will receive a refund. If the event is postponed you will be offered the option of a refund or ticket transfer.

Saturday 24th June 2017.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Venue location

Milton Keynes Christian Centre, Strudwick Drive, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 2TG.
By Car:
Just 10 minutes from the M1 junction 14.
  • Follow the A509 West signposted Milton Keynes.
  • Take 2nd exit at roundabout (signposted A4146).
  • Take 1st exit (left) at next roundabout (V11, Tongwell Street).
  • Take 3rd exit (right) at next roundabout (H7, Chaffron Way).
  • Go straight over the next three roundabouts.
  • Turn right into Oldbrook (Strudwick Drive).
  • At the mini-roundabout, take the first exit in to the MKCC car park!
By Train:
The MKCC is just one mile from Central Milton Keynes railway station. There is a taxi rank immediately outside the front of the railway station.

Please contact us if you need support with directions and local amenities.

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