Kelly, astronaut, test pilot and one half of the world's first space-travelling
twins, will give a talk on June 12 in Cheltenham Town Hall.
Iraq to Space
Kelly has had a fascinating career, initially serving as a pilot
in the US Navy in the first Gulf War.
thrilled to have a real astronaut appearing at the Science Festival.
flew 39 combat missions before being selected by NASA (the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1996.
2001 Kelly flew on the Endeavour space shuttle, which docked with
the International Space Station to deliver supplies and renew staffing.
docked he travelled a staggering 4.8 million miles, orbitting the
Earth 185 times.
his appearance he will tell of his dream to become an astronaut,
and about his space travel.
Reddington, the festival organiser, said that she was "thrilled
to have a real astronaut appearing at the Science Festival".
visits of astronauts to Britain are organised by the International
Space School Education Trust (ISSET).
aim is to motivate young people around the country using a subject
that "so many people are fascinated by", as Clare Reddington
is currently in training for his next space assignment, in which
he will pilot the Atlantis space shuttle on its 27th space flight,
and his second.
a launch date has not yet been set, it is known that his mission
will be to restock the International Space Station, and also to
test the recent improvements made to the Atlantis shuttle.
were made in order to improve the safety of the space shuttles.
about the talk and the rest of the festival, including ticket sales,
is available at www.cheltenhamfestival.co.uk