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Irish students to talk to astronaut in live chat from space

They’ll talk next week.

Thomas Pesquet
Thomas Pesquet

300 PRIMARY STUDENTS will get an exciting chance next week to talk to a real life astronaut – straight from the International Space Station (ISS).

On Tuesday 24 January, the pupils (and their 50 teachers) from schools in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Kildare will talk to European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

They will be joined by students in Portugal and Romania, who will also get a chance to ask Pesquet a range of questions.

Their questions will be on the theme of how to use space in our daily lives – so there won’t be questions like how do you shower in space.

Source: European Space Agency, ESA/YouTube

The call with Thomas Pesquet is part of a range of educational activities delivered by the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) project and will take place in Limerick Institute of Technology.

Stephanie O’Neill, Esero Ireland manager, explained that Esero is run between the European Space Agency and Science Foundation Ireland.

The event is part of their educational programme. It’s the first time they have organised this event. “I think it’ll be very exciting – it’s not everyday you get an opportunity to talk to an astronaut, never mind an astronaut that’s actually in the space station,” she told TheJournal.ie.

The talk will be livestreamed from 3pm on Thursday and can be watched via this link.

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