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First King's Alumnus visits space!

31 May 2022
Written by George Smith

Congratulations to Hamish Harding who became the first ever former King's student to visit space aboard Blue Origin's NS-21.

He and his crewmates were part of Blue Orgin's fifth human flight, with six customer astronauts, including Hamish, taking to the skies and beyond! You can learn more about the mission and how it went, by visiting this link:

Having left King's in 1982, Hamish attended Cambridge to read Natural Sciences and is now Chairman of Action Aviation, a business jet brokerage company he founded in 2004, and is also a business jet pilot. In 2019, he and former International Space Station Commander Col. Terry Virts broke the Round-the-World record in a Gulfstream G650ER for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles. In addition to holding several aviation world records, Hamish has travelled to the South Pole twice, and in 2021 dived the Challenger Deep with Victor Vescovo to a depth of 36,000 ft in a two-person sub.

Blue Origin was founded by Jeff Bezos with the vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. 

Well done Hamish, we are all very proud of you and to have an astronaught amongst our list of alumni!


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