Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dying astronaut Piers Sellers to spend final days on Earth fighting global warming for his family


By Andy Lines
Feb. 25, 2016

The NASA man says he has 12-18 months to live and wants to spend that time with his grandson and trying to save the planet for him

He knows he won’t see his beloved only grandson grow up. British astronaut Piers Sellers knows he’s dying. And he wants to spend his remaining time with three-month-old Jack – and trying to save the planet for him.

He is an extraordinary man who has pledged to help find a cure for climate change to ensure Jack’s generation has a sustainable Earth to live on.

In his first newspaper interview since he announced he was suffering from incurable pancreatic cancer , the astronaut speaks movingly about how he is going to tackle his last few months.


Now living in the middle of Washington DC, he is deputy director of Sciences and Exploration at NASA ’s Goddard Space Flight Center and acting director of its Earth Sciences Division.

As an astronaut, he visited the International Space Station three times and walked in space six times. He logged more than 559 hours in space, including 41 on spacewalks. And he knows climate change is the world’s biggest problem.


“I’m a division director. For the science division I have 1,500 people studying earth science. It’s the biggest group in the world that studies earth science.

“We have access to super-computers, aircraft and satellites. We are armed to the teeth to deal with this problem. My job is to manage this crew and keep it on track.”


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