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Join astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra for Experiments in Space on Monday 17 October

Posted: 29 September 2016

Freshly back from a six month long mission on board the International Space Station, British ESA astronaut Tim Peake and his NASA crewmate Tim Kopra will visit Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Monday 17 October to share their stories of living and working on the ISS in Experiments in Space. This evening with the astronauts is presented by Edinburgh International Science Festival in partnership with European Space Agency and UK Space Agency. Tickets for the event go on sale on the Science Festival and Usher Hall websites on Monday, 3 October at 10am.

ESA Astronaut Tim Peake      Tim Kopra

Simon Gage, the Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival said: “I am thrilled to be welcoming Tim Peake and his NASA colleague Tim Kopra to Edinburgh and excited that the Edinburgh International Science Festival will be presenting their event in partnership with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency at The Usher Hall. Our aim across all the work we do is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science and technology. We are delighted to support the UK Space Agency’s education and outreach programme that has made the Principia mission so captivating and so accessible to the British public.”

Experiments in Space is part of a UK-wide tour which sees Tim Peake visiting all four UK national capitals along with Leicester, Manchester and Glasgow with his crewmate Tim Kopra joining Tim for the visits to Edinburgh, Belfast and London. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko is unable to join the tour due to recent delay to the upcoming Soyuz launch and his role as crew trainer for the Russian cosmonauts.

Tim Peake is the first British European Space Agency astronaut, he spent over 6 months on board the International Space Station as part of the Principia mission after launching from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 15 December 2015 – an event watched by over 15,000 people in the UK. The UK public followed the Principia mission with a lot of interest visible on not only on the mission’s website but also on social media – Tim now has over 1M followers on Twitter, making him the most followed ESA astronaut! As part of the Principia mission, the UK Space Agency invested over £3M in the biggest education and outreach initiative ever undertaken for an ESA astronaut with over a million young people having already taken part.

Tim Peake 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 will allow me to thank as many of those people as possible. I received the footage of the launch parties that were held in the four capitals a couple of days after I arrived in space so now I will be able to attend in person to join in with the celebrations.”

Rebecca Evernden, Director of Policy at the UK Space Agency said: “The Principia mission has been a huge success and the British public have followed it all the way. We’re delighted that Tim, along with his NASA colleague Tim Kopra, will be touring the UK giving their own perspective on their time on the ISS. We hope that the tour builds on the fantastic educational and outreach programme that the UK Space Agency has made part of his mission.”

Tickets for Experiments in Space will be available on the Science Festival website from 10am on Monday, 3 October.

The event takes place at 6pm on Monday 17 October and will last for 90 minutes. Tickets £15/£12