Cranbrook School is very sad to announce the recent death of Old Cranbrookian Piers Sellers, NASA astronaut and scientist. In addition to his distinguished service in space, Piers was an outstanding ambassador for the science of climate change and made it his mission to raise public awareness of the effects of this on our planet. He recently appeared in Leonardo di Caprio's recent film documentary, Before the Flood. His recent scientific work and his career with NASA have truly inspired the current generation of Cranbrook students and will no doubt continue to do so for many more to come. He remains one of Cranbrook School's most illustrious former students.
In May 2010, Dr Sellers boarded Atlantis for a second time to deliver a Russian-built module to the space station. In 2011, he was appointed an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List. In July this year, Dr Sellers was awarded Nasa's Distinguished Service Medal, the agency's highest honour.
The school has expressed its condolences to Piers' family and is seeking to commemorate his life and achievements in the coming new year. Although we had known about Pier’s illness from pancreatic cancer for some time, this has not diminished the sense of loss to the school and to the world of science and exploration.