Astronaut Michael Foale
Wilberforce College was delighted to welcome Michael Foale to the college on 1st March
Wilberforce College was delighted to welcome Michael Foale to the college on 1st March. He first wowed around 160 pupils from our local secondary schools Kingswood, Malet lambert, Winifred Holtby, Newland and Archbishop Sentamu with an amazing presentation on his fantastic achievements in space during his 26 year career. They also experienced gazing into space themselves with a planetarium kindly borrowed from the University of Hull.
This was all repeated for 200 of our own students who were enthralled in his tales of six space missions involving numerous shuttle and Soyuz launches and how he serviced the Hubble telescope. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his most dangerous mission where he rescued the Russian Mir space station after it was rammed by a visiting cargo ship. Dramatic pictures and personal footage brought the experience to life for the students who continued to ask numerous questions at the end.
Michael completed the day with a further sell out presentation to representatives from local education establishments, businesses and the general public.
Michael demonstrated that if a local lad from Louth could become an astronaut, then anything is possible. It was truly an inspirational day for all involved.