Prince Charles met astronaut Tim Peake at the new Prince’s Trust centre in Bristol on Tuesday, asking if he had returned in one piece after his crash landing a few weeks ago.
At the new centre, The Prince of Wales paid a visit to the charity’s beneficiaries, staff and supporters gathered for the launch of its 40th anniversary impact report.
Amabassador for the trust, Major Peake met with young people who are learning engineering, discussed findings of the report commissioned by the Trust.
Charles’ 40-year-old organisation helps disadvantaged young people, from start up loans for businesses, to improving their CV, and joined group discussions talking about the issues that facing their generation.
After Tim revealed his Soyuz capsule had experienced extreme temperatures on his return to Earth, and that the impact had the force of a small car crash, Prince Charles joked with the astronaut asking: “Are you sure you’re in one piece?”
Peake said: “It does take a while – took a week for the balance to return,” but that he was “feeling absolutely great”.
The Prince, 67, said the astronaut was ‘brave’.
Tim is the first British European Space Agency astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station. He spent six months on his mission, which launched in December 2015 came to an end last month, in June.
Major Peake became a Trust ambassador more than a year before being launched into space for his mission on the International Space Station. The former Army Air Corps lieutenant and test pilot’s main task has been to carry out science experiments in space, but he also managed to squeeze in other activities, such as live sessions on his social media channels, scrambling eggs in zero gravity, and presenting a Brit Award. His legacy has been inspiring millions across the globe upon which he looked from the ISS.
Tim also took hundreds of incredible photos of Earth providing breathtaking perspectives from the Space Station.
Whilst at the centre, Prince Charles was handed a cup of tea in a Prince’s Trust mug – with two spoons. He had a good giggle at the mishap, before moving on to attend a healthy cooking class at the Penny Brohn centre in Bristol, a cancer charity, of which the Prince is a patron.