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Colin Michael Foale, the First British to Perform a Space Walk, Retired from NASA

Aug 12, 2013 12:28 IST

Colin Michael FoaleColin Michael Foale, the first British to perform a space walk, retired from NASA in the second week of August 2013. He is said to be the most experienced British-born astronaut in human spaceflight history.

Life History of Colin Michael Foale

• Colin Michael Foale was born on 6 January 1957.
• He is the British-American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut.
• He belonged to 1987 NASA Group.
• He remained the veteran of six space shuttle missions. He extended the stays on Mir as well as International Space Station (ISS). He commanded the ISS in the year 2003.
• He was the first British who performed the space walk.
• Till 17 April 2008, he had the record of most time spent in space by a US citizen. His record was 374 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes.
• He also performed services of the Hubble telescope.
• After retirement, Michael Foale decided to work on advancing green aviation technology.
• Michael Foale made six trips to space in all.
• His missions included STS-45, STS-56, STS-63, STS-84, Mir NASA-4 (Mir EO-23 and 24), STS-86, STS-103, Soyuz TMA-3, Expedition 8.
• He was awarded with the honorary degree from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside in July 2000.
• He was also honoured with the Doctor of Science degree from the University of Kent in September 2000.
• In December 2004, he was named as the Commander in the Order of the British Empire in the diplomatic list of the New Year Honours.

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