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Astronaut Tim Peake speaks to school children in Belfast

Tim Peake speaking to children at W5 on Tuesday. Credit: Pacemaker

Astronaut Tim Peake has spoken to hundreds of local school children in Belfast about the importance of space exploration.

Mr Peake, who spent six months on the International Space Station, gave a speech at W5, the science and discovery centre at the Odyssey on Tuesday.

He was in Northern Ireland to officially launch a new satellite manufacturing facility.

Thales is investing £6m in the centre in Belfast, which is the first of its kind in the UK.

Credit: Pacemaker
Credit: Pacemaker

Astronaut Tim Peake to launch £6m Belfast space thruster project

Tim Peake (left) and Tim Kopra (right) will visit Belfast on Tuesday. Credit: NASA

Astronaut Tim Peake is visiting Northern Ireland on Tuesday to launch a £6m space thruster project.

He will launch the major project at Belfast firm Thales and is expected to be joined at his engagements by fellow astronaut Tim Kopra later in the day.

Thales are creating a space propulsion manufacturing facility and have said that it reflects their commitment to growing the industry in Northern Ireland.

The company also said that it hoped the move would lead to the creation of more jobs locally.

Mr Peake spent six months on the International Space Station after launching into space on 15 December last year along with Mr Kopra.

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