Hello, Space! Bulgaria/EU calling!Europost
On 26 July 2021, Bulgaria will establish an In-Flight Educational Downlink with the International Space Station. Students from the entire country and wider Europe will have the unique opportunity to ask questions directly to astronauts from NASA and ESA (their names are yet to be announced).
This historic video connection will be the culmination of the one-day event Hello Space! Bulgaria/EU Calling! that will be preceded by a question selection competition for students aged 6 to 19.
More than 30 leading Bulgarian NGOs and STEM/space research stakeholders will partner with the US Embassy in Sofia as the host of this momentous project. In commemoration of its 30th anniversary, the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria will coordinate the initiative.
The downlink and the programme surrounding it will aim to ignite the youths' imagination, inspiring them to dream big by reaching out to the Moon, Venus, Mars and beyond, thus ultimately allowing Bulgaria to send its third astronaut to space on the basis of expanded US-Bulgarian cooperation in the STEM field.
Registration for the event will open on 1 July 2021.
The aforementioned competition will take place between 21 June and 2 July 2021. Further information on the conditions and prizes can be found here.
As always, new partners and ideas on the road to the completion of this historic initiative are welcome.