In December NASA Astronaut Dr Piers Sellers (who was awarded an OBE in the latest UK New Years Honours List) gave the Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society, as well as meeting the young winners of the Society's Meet an Astronaut competition. We caught up with him to ask him questions on the imminent retirement of the Space Shuttle, space tourism, a manned Mars mission and NASA's future focus.

[caption id="attachment_3569" align="alignnone" width="199" caption="Dr Piers Sellers OBE, NASA Astronaut"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3570" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The Space Shuttle: "Way ahead of its time" Piers Sellers "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3571" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="NASa Astronaut Dr Piers Sellers OBE and winners of the RAeS 'Meet an Astronaut' competition (l-r Emerald Grimshaw, Crystal Grimshaw and Harrie Mort)."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3572" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Dr Piers Sellers receives his RAeS Fellowship from the President David Couzens."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3573" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Mission to Mars? - "I'd like to think it would be an international planet Earth adventure" - Piers Sellers."][/caption]

Tim Robinson
22 January 2011