DEWSBURY scientist Tim Gregory was unlucky to miss out in the final episode of Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? on Sunday.
Tim (left) was pipped to the post by favourite Suzie Imber in the BBC science show – but he was more than happy to even make it to the final 12.
“Suzie deserved to win so much – smart, adventurous, skilled, a great leader and an amazing person. She’s so amazing,” said Tim on social media.
He added: “Even just getting through to the final 12 felt like such an achievement.”
Tim grew up in Hanging Heaton and attended Heckmondwike Grammar School before heading off to Manchester University and then Bristol.
The 24-year-old, who currently studies a PhD in cosmo-chemistry at the University of Bristol was one of two runners-up alongside Kerry Bennett. He watched the final with family members at Hanging Heaton Cricket Club.
The winner received a recommendation from world-renowned former astronaut Chris Hadfield to join the European Space Agency (ESA).
Although he didn’t win, Tim praised the show and its process, saying “it was the best experience of my life”.
Tim has since been visiting schools to talk about his experiences and recently visited Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School in Liversedge.
Despite not winning, he still plans to apply for the ESA next time they recruit astronauts. “I learned so much about astronaut selection and myself. I will definitely be applying the next time ESA recruit,” he said.