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Astronaut visits the ICG

Today the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation welcomed Michael Good, one of the astronauts who space-walked to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope last year.

Michael gave an enthusiastically received lecture to school children and University staff, describing his recent shuttle mission to the International Space Station and showing spectacular footage shot on the journey. He then had the chance to meet students and staff at the ICG, and to discuss the excitement of working on (and in) the Hubble Space Telescope.

His visit is part of a city-wide programme of events with the crew of the Atlantis space shuttle. Thousands of school children had the opportunity to see the astronauts at a range of events culminating in a finale at Fratton Park.

The visit was arranged in partnership with other organisations by Portsmouth Grammar School through its links with the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET), in collaboration with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, Portsmouth City Council, Gosport Borough Council, and EADS Astrium.

More news about the visit can be found here.