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Bremen talks live to the ISS

Schoolchildren’s in-flight call to ESA astronaut André Kuipers

Pupils from Vegesack High School in Bremen talk to the International Space Station from Airbus Defence and Space’s site

On Wednesday 25 January, nine pupils from Vegesack High School in Bremen had the opportunity to chat live with the International Space Station (ISS) from the simulation and diagnosis room in Airbus Defence and Space’s site in the north German city. André Kuipers, European astronaut and a member of the six-strong ISS on-board crew since 23 December 2011, spent 20 minutes talking to the teenagers about life on board the ISS, the effects of microgravity on the human body and what it’s like cooperating with people from other cultures in a very confined space.

Airbus Defence and Space and the ISS: a long history together

Prime contractor on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Defence and Space developed and built the European space laboratory Columbus, which has been an integral part of the International Space Station for nearly four years now. In total, more than 840 scientific experiments have been conducted on board the ISS since 2001. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) was also developed and is built by Airbus Defence and Space. ATV-3 ‘Edoardo Amaldi’ is scheduled for launch on 9 March and is due to dock with the space station 10 days later. André Kuipers will monitor its approach and final docking sequence from the ISS.

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