1. ITV Report

Astronaut Tim Peake to speak at York Space conference

Tim Peake Credit: PA

The astronaut Tim Peake will be guest speaker at a major space conference for young people in York today.

It's being hosted by the University of York and will involve hundreds of youngsters showcasing their projects linked to Tim Peake's Principia mission.

Mr Peake had previously said he hoped to attend the conference .... 'subject to operational requirements'. But a tweet he posted yesterday afteroon saying he was on a train bound for York has delighted delegates.

Mr Peake made history earlier this year when he became the first astronaut representing the UK to complete a spacewalk.

The Department of Physics does a tremendous job at delivering outreach activities to schools and the public, reaching many thousands every year. The Department's observatory, Astrocampus, is the hub for astronomy and astrophysics, both at the University of York and for the local area.

Staff and students provide a hands-on experience of science and enable schoolchildren and the public to share in the wonders of the Universe. I am thrilled that Tim Peake will hopefully be joining us and I look forward to an event which will allow many thousands of people to share in the excitement of the UK space programme."

– The University of York's Dean of Faculty for the Sciences, Professor Brian Fulton,