Update 16:00 12th October – the first batch of tickets is sold out. More tickets will be released through eventbrite at 12.30pm on 19th October.
Astronaut and University of Portsmouth alumnus Tim Peake will attend a free public event to be hosted by the University at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday, 2 November.
Tim, the first British European Space Agency astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS), will give members of the public a first-hand account of his six-month mission in space. The event will also see him being awarded an honorary degree by the University.
The evening event follows a UK Space Agency Schools Conference hosted by the University, which celebrates the work of over a million UK school students inspired by Tim’s Principia mission.
Tim said “I’ve been extremely touched by the support of the British public before, during and after my mission to the ISS and I hope that my post-flight tour and public events will allow me to thank as many of those people as possible.”
Tim studied flight dynamics and evaluation at the University and graduated in 2006. He will be interviewed on stage by a cosmologist from the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “I feel very proud and excited to be hosting Tim in Portsmouth. His remarkable journey to space has been inspirational for both children and adults and we’re thrilled he’ll be sharing his experiences with students, staff and members of the public.”
A second conference and public event will take place at the University of York on Saturday, 5 November.
The public event is on Wednesday, 2 November from 7.30pm – 9pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. The first batch of tickets will be released on Eventbrite at 9am on Wednesday 12 October.