Tim Peake
The first British ESA astronaut to visit the ISS, former test pilot, STEM ambassador, bestselling author & cultural inspiration

Tim Peake was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station, where his work on its Principia mission captured the hearts and minds of millions.

His extraordinary career has seen him as an army officer in Northern Ireland, flying helicopters across the globe, as a combat search and rescue instructor providing support in the aftermath of the Bosnian War, and eventually supporting Special Forces operations in Afghanistan. In 2009, he was selected as an ESA astronaut where he was assigned to the world-renowned Principia mission. His Principia mission included a spacewalk to repair the Station’s power supply, helping dock two spacecrafts, and driving a rover across a simulated Mars terrain from space. He carried out over 250 scientific experiments during his mission and engaged more than 2 million schoolchildren in educational outreach projects during his time in space.

An ambassador for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Tim is a bestselling author and an inspirational communicator of science to audiences of all ages. His books include Hello, Is This Planet Earth; Ask an Astronaut, The Astronaut Selection Test Book, and his remarkable and inspiring autobiography Limitless. This Spring, he is on his UK theatre tour, regaling previously unheard tales from space to inspire the new generation in STEM.