About The Author

Nick Spall

Nick Spall has written extensively for various periodicals over the years, covering a wide range of aviation, spaceflight and astronomy topics. He has provided national and international TV and radio contributions, plus has covered major aviation and space events such as the Space Shuttle launches and Mars landers. Providing in-depth articles for magazines such as Sky at Night, BBC Science Focus, Aviation International, Aerospace International, ROOM space magazine and SpaceFlight magazine, Nick has interviewed many astronauts and space scientists. He has taken part in astronaut training activities, including Zero-g research campaigns with ESA, plus has experienced high-g rides on the US’s NASTAR and UK’s Farnborough centrifuges. With a life-long fascination in aviation, Nick has tried out most forms of flying, including training on DH82a Tiger Moths, plus experiencing the delights of flying in one of the last 2-seater DH T-11 Vampire jets. He is a qualified private pilot with an NPPL(M) license. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (FBIS). Image ESA/ Novespace