STEM’s educational programmes will be run in conjunction with North Hertfordshire College. The center would open to Hertfordshire students first, before incorporating visits from schools in surrounding counties and eventually the rest of the UK. Tim Peake, who was a test pilot before becoming an astronaut said he was inspired as a teenager by aviation, making frequent visits to air shows and museums. STEM was opened on the day the government confirmed Peake would be making a second mission to the International Space Station. Previously he had an historic six-month stay on the International Space Station. During the 186-day mission mission, Peake also remotely steered a robot on Earth and ran the London Marathon. His mission has taken him on about 3,000 orbits of Earth, covering a distance of about 125 million km.