16th February 2000

 

UNIVERSITY TO HONOUR BRITISH ASTRONAUT

 

British astronaut Michael Foale is to be honoured by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

Michael, who was born in Louth, Lincolnshire, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Science at the university’s graduation ceremony at Grimsby Auditorium on Monday 17th July.

 

The 43-year-old studied physics at Cambridge University and completed a doctorate in laboratory astrophysics at Cambridge in 1982.

 

He was selected as a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) astronaut in June 1987 and flew his first mission in March 1992.

 

Now a veteran of five space flights, he most recently spent four months on board the Russian space station Mir (May - October 1997) and took part in a mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope (December 1999).

 

The Hubble mission required Michael to undertake a spacewalk of more than eight hours and brought his total mission experience to over 168 days in space.

 

The university’s Grimsby graduation is being shared with students from Grimsby College who will be at the auditorium to receive their BTEC (HNC and HND) and degree certificates.

 

Grimsby College is an associate college of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and runs courses accredited by the university.

 

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We hope to make Michael Foale available for interviews on the morning of the graduation ceremony. We also expect to stage a publicity event in Grimsby involving Michael. Further details will follow when they are finalised.

 

A photograph of Michael Foale is available in digital format. To request a photograph or for more information please contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)