Around The World in 60 Minutes

This clip from the BBC documentary ‘Around The World in 60 Minutes’ features Anglo-American astronaut Piers Sellers talking about his first ever walk in space. The documentary itself is an interesting concept, following the journey of a satellite around the world in 60 minutes at the pace of about 5 miles per second. The documentary selects locations around the world that the satellite passes over, highlighting the discoveries about the world that have been facilitated by satellites and space exploration, as well as some rather remarkable geography.

As an aside, it was Piers Sellers who took the University of Edinburgh’s flag into space. He has also taken the university’s crest which is sewn into the Geneva Bonnet, a bonnet apparently made from John Knox’s breeches that is used to cap students on the head as they graduate, including myself this year on the 29th of June if I play my cards right! Due to this tradition the students from the University of Edinburgh do not wear mortar boards to their graduations, unlike most British universities.


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