First Spaniard in Space given gold medal

Miguel López on a space walk Credit: NASA

The first Spaniard to travel to space is to be awarded a Gold Medal from the University of Almeria on May 7. The medal is the highest recognition that the university gives to people who have made outstanding contributions to university purposes.

Selected by NASA

Miguel López Alegría, who is Spanish-American and was selected by NASA  and carried out his first space mission in 1995, will be awarded the Medal by the rector, José J. Céspedes Lorente at a public event to be held in the Auditorium at the University.

On February 6 the award was approved by the Governing Council making clear its recognition to López Alegría not only for his contribution to University’s activities but for his participation in the “Almería Astronomical Days”.

This event, coinciding with his Gold Medal presentation, takes place between 7 and 20 May and along with his participation, will also be attended by astrophysicists, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics Kip Thorne, astronauts, professors and high-level scientists.

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Julian Phillips

Born in the UK, has lived in 9 countries, before finally coming to Spain in 2015. Currently living in Almeria and working out of the EWN office in Mojacar.