LIVE: ESA astronauts answer questions on physics in space

On Friday 12 May at 4:30pm CEST, we will be live from the CERN Data Centre with three European astronauts: 

  • Helen Sharman - the first Brit in space, and first woman to visit the MIR orbital complex (Soviet space station).
  • Samantha Cristoforetti holds the record for the longest continuous time in space for an ESA astronaut and female astronauts in general.
  • Claude Nicollier - first ESA astronaut selection, with 4 space missions on the Space Shuttle, one of them devoted to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also the first European to undertake a spacewalk

CERN is not just the home of the Large Hadron Collider - it hosts a variety of experiments, control centres and services related to space. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is a particle physics detector that looks for dark matter, antimatter and missing matter from a module attached to the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). It was assembled at CERN and physicists receive and analyse the data sent by AMS at the AMS Payload Operations Control Centre (POCC) at CERN. Also UNOSAT, which has been hosted by CERN’s IT department since its inception in 2001, relies on the Laboratory’s IT infrastructure to produce extremely precise maps of regions of the world affected or threatened by natural disaster or conflict, based on very high resolution satellite images.

Join us live in the CERN Data Centre, where the astronauts will be answering your questions, so post them in the comments section of the live.

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