Space scientist to give talk on space exploration as Tim Peake embarks on his first spacewalk

As British astronaut Tim Peake takes his first steps outside the International Space Station, enthusiasts are invited to watch the historic event and listen to a talk by Professor John Bridges (pictured) from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the National Space Centre on Friday 15 January.

Tim will be the first UK spaceman to ever conduct a spacewalk when he attempts to replace a voltage regulator, which failed in November last year, on the ISS on Friday.

The live viewing event at the National Space Centre will coincide with StargazingLIVE! which takes place between 5pm and 7pm and includes the talk by Professor Bridges, who will give an update about the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover mission in which he is involved as well as talk about the planned European Mars Rover – ExoMars.

Along with fellow astronaut, American Tim Kopra, Brit Tim will don his spacesuit and exit the ISS through the US Quest airlock and he will embark on a six hour walk, which is scheduled to start at 12.55pm (GMT).

Professor Bridges said: “Having a UK astronaut signals the UK’s commitment to be a leading partner in 21st century space science and enterprise.

“Tim Peake’s time on the ISS has captured the imagination of many people in the UK and helps highlight the vigorous academic and industrial space science sector in the UK.”

The event takes place at the National Space Centre, in Exploration Drive, Leicester, on Friday 15 January, with tickets priced at £5.