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University of Bath graduate plays key role in space programme

Published: Thursday, 17 December 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A graduate from the University of Bath is responsible for preparing Tim Peake to become the first official British astronaut.

When Peake blasted off into space this week, it took many years of training, a lot of hard work and great deal of expertise. Some of this expertise came from his team on the ground, one of these individuals being a University graduate from Bath.

Dr Jon Scott, a former Sport and Exercise Science student, landed what he describes as his 'dream job'. He took on a role in space medicine only last year at the European Space Agency (ESA), which is based in Germany.

On being offered his dream job at ESA in September Dr Scott said: “My interest in space largely comes from my view that human spaceflight is one of mankind's greatest technical achievements and a unique mix of physics, physiology and engineering, as well as being a great example of international collaboration.”

Having graduated in 2002, Jon was able to work alongside Major Peake in the run up to his landmark flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The flight departed earth from Kazakhstan just after 11am GMT on Monday 14 December.

Originally from Trowbridge, Dr Scott was the individual responsible for heading the team supplying 
Major Peake and his fellow ESA astronauts with state-of-the-art scientific information. This involved educating the astronauts on protective technologies and the effects spaceflight could have on their health.

Millions watched the launch on Monday, which saw Peake (a former helicopter pilot) make history! 

Whilst aboard the ISS, Tim will conduct a number of educational experiments, with the intention of offering an insight into life in space.

Salisbury-born Major Peake is the first Briton to become a professional astronaut for the ESA.
The only other 'British' astronauts have either been privately funded or have been employed by Nasa on a U.S. Citizenship.

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