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Practicalities of orbital space travel

Saturday 19th March 2016 - 11:00 to 12:00
INI Seminar Room 1

Charles Simonyi, the Hungarian-born former Microsoft software developer, is a high-tech pioneer and philanthropist as well as a space traveller. Simonyi’s lifelong fascination with space exploration started with a contest he won as a teen that gave him a chance to meet Soviet astronauts. In his presentation, he will discuss how his passion for science and for space led him to become the fifth space tourist and the first ever tourist to fly twice. Before his first take-off, Simonyi spent six months training alongside cosmonauts in Moscow, where he exercised, learned about spaceflight and survival, and studied Russian. He had to see nearly 100 doctors and pass dozens of medical tests. During his stay on the International Space Station, Simonyi made radio contact with a number of schools to describe his experience. Through his public appearances and website, Simonyi continues to inspire young people to a heightened interest in science, maths, and space.

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons