First Minister Carwyn Jones welcomed British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake to Wales for the first leg of his UK tour this week.
Tim visited Techniquest in Cardiff Bay to give school children from across Wales a first-hand account of life in space.
Tim visited Techniquest in Cardiff Bay to give school children from across Wales a first-hand account of life in space. A live link to a SkillsCymru Careers event in the Motorpoint Arena meant that over 1,000 more students heard Tim talk about the important science experiments he conducted during his mission for researchers across the planet, including trying to grow blood vessels and protein crystals, and using a furnace to melt and cool metal alloys as they float in mid-air.
Tim Peake said:
“I’ve been extremely touched by the support of the British public before, during and after my mission to the ISS and my post-flight tour allows me to thank as many of those people as possible.
“It has been great visiting Techniquest and hearing about how they have helped children from across Wales celebrate the mission through hands-on experiments, rocket demonstrations, space equipment and live videos from the International Space Station. I was really impressed with the assembly from Blaenymaes Primary School, it is fantastic to see how engaged all the pupils were with the mission.”
First Minister Carwyn Jones said:
“Tim Peake’s adventures have truly been out of this world; inspiring an entire generation of young people to follow in his footsteps and discover the exciting world science has to offer.
“Tim’s mission to the International Space Station last year was a historic moment for the UK. I remember watching the launch with anticipation and excitement, so it is great to be here today to hear first-hand about Tim’s life in space and thank him for bringing the excitement of science into the living rooms and lives of thousands of people in Wales.”