Lincolnshire-born NASA astronaut Michael Foale retires
Michael Foale, the Louth-born astronaut who pioneered space flight for his nation, is retiring from the American National Space Agency.
The trail-blazing Lincolnshire man, who holds dual citizenship, called it a day this weekend after chalking up 375 days in orbit.
NASA announced that the most experienced British-born space explorer was retiring after a 26-year career.
His achievements included crewing a number of US Shuttle and Soyuz missions with the Russians and servicing the Hubble telescope.
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Dr Foale also served tours on both the Mir platform and the International Space Station, which he commanded in 2003.
The first Briton to walk in space in 1995, he received a CBE in the Diplomatic List 2004 Queen's New Year's Honours for services to space exploration.
Now 65-year-old Dr Foale is leaving to break new ground again - to work on a 'green' aviation project aimed at developing an electric aircraft.
Mr Foale left Louth as a child and went to school in Canterbury, Kent, before gaining a PhD in astrophysics at Cambridge University.