Professors talks space to celebrate Tim Peake’s historic mission

Space Studio, Banbury, Tim Peake space launch. Students watch live coverage of the launch. NNL-151215-114347009
Space Studio, Banbury, Tim Peake space launch. Students watch live coverage of the launch. NNL-151215-114347009

As British astronaut Tim Peake blasts off on his historic mission to the International Space Station, a Cranfield University professor celebrating his achievement with two talks on life in space.

Prof David Cullen, who specialises in Bioanalytical Technology within the Space Group of Cranfield’s Institute for Aerospace Sciences, will be joining other experts at the Science Museum, in London, to give two lectures as part of its celebration of the Principa mission.

He is talking about flying humans in miniature spacecraft, and current research into how human beings might respond to conditions in deep space, beyond earth’s orbit such as on a journey to Mars.

The talks will focus on BAMMsat - a spacecraft the size of a shoebox - that will be used in areas of research including human cell biology as well as other medical studies, fundamental biology, astrobiology and material science.

Mr Peake will lift off in a Russian rocket from Kazakhstan and will become the first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) with the European Space Agency.

There are more than 50 free events across the Science Museum on today (December 15), which is set to be its biggest ever space celebration.

For more information, go to www.sciencemuseum.org.uk