Category Archives: Education

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"Life is good on the space station" - ISS crew answers ...

Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Joe Acaba of NASA and André Kuipers of the European Space Agency discussed life and research on board the International Space Station during an educational in-flight event with US students attending an education event in Philadelphia on 26 June. The session included some great questions such as 'How do you do your laundry?', 'Can you have pets on the space station?', 'Can you take a shower in space?', leading to some interesting and often entertaining answers from the ISS residents.

Amateur radio contact with Dutch school children

Today at approximately 11:25 CEST (09.25 UT), an ARISS contact is planned between ESA astronaut André Kuipers and school children gathered at the Nederlands Ruimtevaartmuseum in Lelystad, the Netherlands. Most of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the ISS have an amateur radio license. They use the station’s ham radio to contact amateur radio stations on ground mostly in their free time, and the radio is used to contact pre-selected schools. During the ten minutes that the ISS is typically above horizon and radio contact is possible, astronauts answer the questions prepared by the students. During today's contact, André will field questions from a group of Dutch children who won the second round...

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Watch live: European SpaceLab finalists speak with Andr...

The European finalists from the Google YouTube SpaceLab competition are today joining astronauts, scientists, educators and students for a special presentation of their Space Station science experiments and a live call with ESA astronaut André Kuipers in space. The event takes place at the European Astronaut Centre, Cologne, and our webcast will run ~13:55-16:40 CEST. Watch online: Watch live streaming video from eurospaceagency at livestream.com

Mission X 2012 London Olympics special event

In view of the upcoming Olympics in London, ESA, NASA and UKSA have taken the unique opportunity to extend the legacy of regular exercising and healthy lifestyle to over one hundred children and their parents and teachers who have come to London from the 4 corners of the globe to participate in the Mission X 2012 Olympic special event. Although ESA astronaut André Kuipers recently closed the Mission X 2012 challenge from the International Space Station, the  key messages that Mission X stands for continue to spread with the London 2012 Olympics. Children and delegates of countries participating in Mission X gathered in London for the three day event. They visited Cambridge...

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André takes classroom into space

Over 1500 students in four European cities talked to ESA astronaut André Kuipers live on the International Space Station last Tuesday to discuss two space science experiments they have performed together. This once-in-a-lifetime experience brought together the four sites by videoconference: science centre Nemo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Leicester National Space Center, United Kingdom, Parque de las Ciencias in Granada, Spain, and the Technik Museum in Speyer, Germany. Before getting in contact with space, the centres demonstrated scientific experiments to each other. They created fire explosions and super thick foams to show students the footprints of gravity and physics in our everyday life. The astronaut encouraged the children to satisfy their...

Children to discuss space experiments with André

Children in four European cities will talk to ESA astronaut André Kuipers live on the International Space Station later today to discuss two space experiments they have performed together. The students aged 10–14 years have performed their own identical experiments to André in space to discover how convection and foams differ under the influence of gravity compared to the Station’s weightless environment. The venues participating in the call with the ISS are Nemo Science Center, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Speyer Techniek Museum, Speyer (Germany), National Space Centre, Leicester (United Kingdom), Parque de las Ciencias, Granada (Spain). Follow the call with André live between 17:10 and 17:30 CEST (15:10-15:30 UT) via NASA TV. This...

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André announces European winners of Mission-X challenge

ESA astronaut André Kuipers has announced the European winners of the Mission-X 2012 challenge. Mission-X is a worldwide education initiative supported by ESA and national space agencies to encourage healthy and active lifestyles among children aged 8-12 years. André kicked off the Mission-X 2012 challenge on 2 February during his PromISSe mission with a live video call from the International Space Station with schoolchildren in four European locations. André announces the European winners in the following video: Mission-X participants have an opportunity to visit London, UK, before the 2012 Olympics this summer. Students can visit Olympic sites with their parents and teachers to participate in Mission-X challenges with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli...

Spaceship Earth lessons now available in 7 languages

The Spaceship Earth online lessons on radiation and immunology are now available online in seven languages. From his vantage point on the International Space Station, André has a unique view on ‘Spaceship Earth’. From the spectacular viewing post provided by Cupola, the ESA astronaut can observe both the beauty and fragility of our planet. His observations support the ESA online lessons designed to help European children aged 10–18 strengthen their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In André's home country, the Netherlands, a team from The Netherlands Space Office, Science Center NEMO, Space Expo, WNF and ESA have teamed together to provide a Dutch language version of the project for schools:...

Replay: ARISS contact with André Kuipers

Earlier today students from three international schools based in the Netherlands used amateur radio to talk with ESA astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station (ISS). The radio contact with André lasted long enough for the students from the American school of the Hague, the International School of Amsterdam and the British School in the Netherlands to hear answers to 18 questions. Click the link below to listen to the ARISS contact: ARISS contact with André Kuipers, 27 February 2012 The 18 questions answered were: 1. Eoin (14): Can you light a candle or magnesium in zero gravity? 2. Rachel (11): Do you get homesick? 3. Phoebe (14): After all the...

Ham radio contact with international schools

Today at around 13:45 CET (12:45 UT), students from three international schools based in the Netherlands will use amateur radio to contact ESA astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station (ISS). Most of the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the ISS have an amateur radio license. They use the station’s ham radio to contact amateur radio stations on ground mostly in their free time, and the radio is used to contact pre-selected schools. During the ten minutes that the ISS is typically above horizon and radio contact is possible, astronauts answer the questions prepared by the students. Students from the American school of the Hague, the International School of Amsterdam and the...

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Share André's scientific adventure

Armed with two educational experiments during his PromISSe mission, ESA astronaut André Kuipers is inviting students aged 10--14 to share his scientific adventure. André is inviting schools across Europe to learn what is behind seemingly simple phenomena such as convection and foams. Children have the chance to follow the 'Take Your Classroom into Space' experiments with André as part of the 'Spaceship Earth' educational programme. Teachers can order the school kits with the 'Take Your Classroom into Space' experiments from the PromISSe website: www.esa.int/PromISSe. More about this activity on the ESA website: Space oddities - to teach science

Mission X kickoff: image gallery

Images from yesterday's Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut kickoff in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Read more about the Mission X kickoff on the ESA website: Mission X: are you fit for space? More images from the kickoff event in Noordwijk are available from EU Universe Awareness on their Flickr account.

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Video replay: Mission X starts with call to ISS

Today 10000 school children throughout Europe have officially started the 'Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut' project. The project kicked off with a live call to ESA astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station. Children in four locations throughout Europe joined the 15 minute call with André, a few of them even got to ask him a question. Watch the replay below (sound is muted until about 1 minute into the video):