Astronauts and celebrities will be sending out a message of hope and inspiration in SpaceConnectsUs, a special online live broadcast on March 26, 2020.
With ‘SpaceConnectsUs‘, The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to send out a message of unity and hope, join forces and give us, but especially our children and youngsters, confidence in our intelligence, our science, ourselves and the place we live in.
ESA asked space agencies and astronauts whether they could help to learn how to go far and beyond. How to cope with staggering challenges. Find mental and physical practices to live in isolation. According to ESA, the answer was ‘overwhelmingly positive’.
Astronauts and guest from all over the world
This special SpaceConnectsUs Program starts on Thursday, 26 March, from 16:00 – 21:00 Central European Time, at SpaceConnects.Us. This special online live broadcast consists of remote sessions with astronauts and guests from all over the world. They will talk about their experience and techniques in confined places and what else space may provide to help. It’s also about their trust in science and the sources of their inspiration. The event will be 100 per cent free and digital. The programme runs in five languages: Dutch, English, German, Italian and French. It is running one specific language with different hosts and different participants straight after the other. All times in European CET Time (Paris, Berlin): Dutch 16:00 – 16:30, German 17:00 – 17:30, Italian: 18:00 – 18:30, French: 19:00 – 19:30, English: 20:00 – 21:00.
List of confirmed guests below, more in process
Hosts Brian Cox (English), Ranga Yogeshwar (German), Bruce Benamran (French), Italian (TBD). Planned participating astronauts: Tim Peake (ESA), Alexander Gerst (ESA), Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA), Tom Jones (NASA), Dorin Prunariu (Romanian), Thomas Reiter (ESA), Nicole Stott (NASA), Matthias Maurer (ESA), Frank De Winne (ESA), Andre Kuipers (ESA). Planned participating personalities: Mayim Bialik (Big Bang), Murad Osmann (Photographer), Alison Pill (StarTrek Picard), Paulina Chávez (actor), Angélique Kidjo (singer), Olivia Newton-John (singer/ actor), Brian Blessed (actor), Jan Wörner (ESA Director General), Gianluca Masi (Virtualtelescope.eu).
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SpaceConnectsUs is non-commercial. It is made possible by the following partners who contribute in-kind services: Asteroid Day, ESA, Association of Space Explorers, BCE, SES, Films United, Wave-L and PlanB.