Virgin Spaceman

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Speaker: Nigel Henbest

Date: 21 May 2014
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

As Future Astronaut No. 245 with Virgin Galactic, Nigel Henbest has closely involved with a cutting-edge private spaceflight company for the past five years. In this presentation, he provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Virgin Galactic is opening up a new world of commercial passengers to the general public.

Nigel outlines his own progress from astronomer to science communicator to astronaut-in-waiting, and contrasts this with the – surprisingly difference – background and motivation of his fellow passengers. He relates his experience of signing up with Virgin Galactic, the various events he has attended as a Future Astronaut – including the dedication of Spaceport America two years ago – and the training that’s involved, in particular a memorable trip last year on the “Vomit Comet”!

As well as outlining the history of Virgin Galactic – with all its ups and downs – Nigel describes the current state of the programme. He talks about the company’s future objectives and timetable, as well as its long-term goals in space.

Biography
Dr Nigel Henbest is one of the UK’s leading astronomy and space popularisers, as well as a Future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic. His 38 books and over 1000 articles have been translated into 27 languages; while his 60+ television programmes have been screened worldwide. Nigel is a columnist for The Independent newspaper, and his consultancies have ranged from New Scientist magazine to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. He has also chaired the popular BBC Radio 4 science quiz, The Litmus Test.

After researching in radio astronomy at Cambridge – and a spell analysing eruptions of Mount Etna – Nigel took up a career in science writing, which expanded to include numerous media appearances. With Heather Couper and Stuart Carter he founded the leading international TV production company Pioneer Productions, where produced many award-winning documentaries.

Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and asteroid 3795 is named “Nigel” in his honour. Since signing up with Virgin Galactic, Nigel has written and broadcast extensively about his forthcoming flight.

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