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Newcastle welcomes NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli

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Ever wondered what it's like to be in space? Well, there's an opportunity to ask NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli, as he visits Newcastle on a tour of the UK.

'An evening with an Astronaut' is a collaboration between the International Space School Education Trust and Pint of Science. The tour has touched down in the UK with 5 stops at cities around the UK.

Tony will visit the Curtis Auditorium of Newcastle University on Wednesday 20th February, to deliver a Q+A seminar, discussing a career that's taken him out of this world.

Tony Antonelli is a two-time shuttle pilot for NASA Credit: NASA/ISSET

Tony has served as a Commander of the US Navy after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. As a pilot, he has accumulated over 3,200 hours in 41 different kinds of aircraft.

He was selected as a NASA pilot in 2000 and flew his first mission in space as the pilot of the Space Shuttle Discovery in March 2009. He also served as a pilot on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Tony has logged a total of 24 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 35 seconds in space. He is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and various service awards.

International Space School Education Trust Credit: ISSET

The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) is a charity that was founded in 1998.

It works in partnership with some of the worlds leading space organisations to deliver unique learning opportunities for people of all ages, including sending groups of students to Space Camp in the United States.

One of their projects, Mission Discovery, enables students to create and send their experiments into Space.

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When Tony visited the Tyne Tees newsroom in Gateshead, he also took part in a Facebook Live with our digital producer Amy Sutton.

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