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Astronaut Puts Stars in the Eyes of the Next Generation

Published: 21 Jul 2019   updated: 28 Oct 2019

Astronaut Major Tim Peake has played his part in inspiring the next generation with a special visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Giving his seal of approval to this year's theme, Air & Space: Inspiring The Next Generation Air Force, Tim Peake had a day of meeting and greeting youngsters at a range of organised events designed to inspire and motivate.

Tim started with a Q & A session, hosted by Carol Vorderman, which was attended by over 300 people. Visitors were given the opportunity to hear about Tim's experience on the International Space Station, his dedication to promoting the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and encouraging aviation for the next generation. Children attending the session asked questions including, "how can you tell if it's night or day in space?"

During the Q & A, Tim said: "Space was in my blood, but I had no idea that I would have the opportunity to be an astronaut. If you can get involved with space, science and STEM then doors will open all over the place. You will have so many opportunities!"

The airshow's critically-acclaimed Techno Zone® was the host for many of the events Tim attended, including a tour of some of the cutting edge and interactive exhibits. He later met the competitors of the Junior Engineering Challenge, announced the lucky winners and took part in a Junior Question Time.

A group of 12 RAF Air Cadets were also lucky enough to sit down for a private Q & A session with him.

The biggest surprise of the day was when Tim arrived to present Brownie Annie Eagles with her Gold Award.

Speaking of the special visit, an Air Tattoo spokesperson said: "We were absolutely delighted that Tim could join us at the Air Tattoo. It was only made more significant by falling around the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing which tied in perfectly with our Air & Space theme.

"It was wonderful to see so many excited children looking up in awe at him and I'm sure that all those who met him and heard him speak were left inspired."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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