Day 1.

This latest series of events began down in London with a tour of the Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibition.

It finishes on the 13th March only days now before it ends. Check out this and other great events at the Science Museum London.

Later in the evening Dr. Don Thomas (call me Don) gave his polished ‘The Day a Woodpecker Attacked the Space Shuttle’ presentation to the assembled members of the British Interplanetary Society.

This was followed by a Q&A session, book and autograph signing.

Don was presented with a certificate and made a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. Arise Dr. Don Thomas FBIS.

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  • Don Thomas at the British Interplanetary Society in London

  • Don Thomas was awarded a Fellowship of the British Interplanetary Society

Day 2.

The day began at Brassington Primary School, Brassington, Matlock, Derbyshire with a presentation on living and working in space to an exited group of young children and staff members. Don also entertained a group of pre-schoolers and also fielded a Q &A session for parents.

Off then to another Derbyshire school the Longford Church of England  Primary School in Longford, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Don received another warm welcome from the children and the staff and entertained and enthralled them with his stories of space travel and life on orbit.

After a brief stop we were headed back to Walsall.

Later that evening Don presented ‘The Day a Woodpecker Attacked the Space Shuttle’ talk to members of the Walsall Astronomical Society based at the Rushall Olympic Football Club. It was standing room only. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session, book and autograph signing.

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  • Don Thomas and the pesky woodpecker story.

  • Don Thomas presenting a framed photo to Mrs E.V. Moorsom Headteacher of the Brassington Primary School.

  • Photo courtesy of the AshbourneNewsTelegraph. Brassington Primary School pupils captivated by astronaut.

  • Photo courtesy AshbourneNewsTelegraph.Astronaut Dr Don Thomas, right, with pupil Alex Martin.

  • Walsall Astronomical Society Lecture


The big event of the week was a full day of activities at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Don was a veritable whirlwind of energy.

Don the consummate professional was on hand to engage with the public, young and old alike.

He entertained and educated and was popular with everyone he met. The day of activities included Breakfast with an Astronaut; professional photo shoot; autograph and book signing; Lunch with an Astronaut and then a Q&A session to a more than 190 strong audience, standing room only in the Sir Patrick Moore planetarium.

A number of guests either had birthdays immediately before the event; some were celebrating birthdays at the event or the following day. A cake featuring space mission patches was presented at the lunch.

Wow what an event! Feedback from the event has been 100% positive.

More to follow soon........