Tim Peake describes the first time he saw Earth from space in new video

The University has conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science upon British astronaut Tim Peake during a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester on Friday 14 October as part of a wider tour of the UK.

In a new video interview, Tim describes the first time he looked out of the window of the International Space Station, how he achieved his dream of becoming an astronaut and his hopes for the future of space exploration.

Watch the video below:

He was awarded his honorary degree by our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle and the ceremony took place in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.

During his visit Tim also met with local school children and members of the public, who have been inspired by his mission.

This was the first time Tim has visited the Centre, but during his 186 days in space, he linked live to the Centre on two occasions, where he answered questions from school children and the media.

Tim returned to Earth in June 2016 after a historic six-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS).

Tim’s mission to the ISS, called ‘Principia’, used the unique environment of space to run experiments as well as try out new technologies for future human exploration missions. Tim was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the Space Station where he spent his time as part of the international crew.

Professor Paul Boyle, said: “We are delighted to award an honorary degree to Tim who has made an historic and remarkable contribution to UK space exploration and we hope that his accomplishments serve as inspiration to our own graduates.

“It is only fitting that his degree ceremony be held at the National Space Centre which the University of Leicester played an instrumental role in developing. Our researchers, who have a long and distinguished record of discovery in space science, continue to regularly contribute their expertise to the Centre, its governance, and the shape of the educational initiatives.”

Watch the oration by Nigel Siesage and Tim's response below:

Watch BBC East Midlands Today coverage of Tim's visit below including an interview with Professor Martin Barstow