André performs the FOAM experiment (credit: ESA/NASA)
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 bubbling curiosity and went on to answer their questions. Solar storms, blood circulation and the water behaviour in weightlessness were among the topics tackled.
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.
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.