Hello Space! Bulgaria/EU calling

Photo: BTA

For the first time, Bulgarian children and students talked live with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday. The video link was provided by the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, in partnership with the US Embassy in Sofia, and along with over 30 organisations involved in educational initiatives in the field of science and technology. BTA broadcasted the conversation - titled Hello Space! Bulgaria/EU calling - via a live video conference with the International Space Station.

Thirty-two Bulgarian school and university students put questions to NASA astronauts. A commission selected 15 out of 203 questions, which were sent to NASA so that the ISS astronauts can answer them.

“Could my parrot fly in zero gravity aboard the ISS?”, “They say the Universe is infinite and expanding. How can something infinite expand?”, “Is it true that diamonds rain on Jupiter?”, “Can a hen lay an egg in space?” were some of the selected questions.

Before the video conference, Atlantic Club of Bulgaria President Solomon Passy, Education and Science Minister Prof Nikolay Denkov and US Ambassador Herro Mustafa addressed the meeting.

There were also video messages from Bulgaria's first cosmonaut Georgi Ivanov and from NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana.

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