Public Lecture European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
Michael Foale is an English–born astrophysicist with a first degree and PhD from Cambridge University. During his post-graduate studies at Cambridge he became interested in scuba diving and the skills developed from this experience became very useful in his subsequent work as an astronaut, in particular his extra-vehicular activities (space walks).
He has significant space-flight experience ranging from early work on space shuttle navigation to an eight-hour-long space walk to replace key components of the Hubble Space Telescope. Michael was on the team that made the first rendezvous with the Russian space station, Mir.
He conducted a long EVA, in the Russian Orlan spacesuit, with Anatoli Soloviev to inspect damage to the Spektr module. Michael has logged over 374 days in space, including almost 23 hours of space walks.