Irish schools to interview ESA astronaut in live video link up

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 | Tags: European Space Agency, thomas pesquet, Limerick Institute of Technology, ESERO, Space

Next Tuesday, 24th January, teachers and students from Ireland, Romania, and Portugal will have the opportunity to experience a live video link with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS).

As part of ESA’s ESERO project, the ESERO Ireland programme has organised a local event in Limerick Institute of Technology to give 300 5th class students and 50 teachers from schools in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Kildare a once-in-a-lifetime chance to talk to the astronaut. However all schools, parents and space enthusiasts are encouraged to tune in to watch the live stream as it happens from wherever you are (details below).

Questions such as what research is being conducted on the ISS, how is water and bacterial contamination investigated on the ISS, and will we ever be able to live in a completely self-sustainable environment in Space, will be asked.  

Theme: Space in our everyday lives

The theme for the event is “Space in our everyday lives” which Thomas will talk about, along with how findings from space research have changed the way we live today.

The event is being supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Limerick Institute of Technology, who are kindly hosting the live link up which will take place in their Millennium Theatre.

Dr Niall Smith, Head of Research in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Blackrock Castle Observatory, will give an interactive talk on how space technology can now be found in everyday life (from drones and 3-D cameras, to hydrogen powered cars and laser eye surgery), while Robert Hill, from the Northern Ireland Space Office will deliver his ‘Earth Observation’ show.

 Schools and space enthusiasts watch the exchange line online!

Livestream, including the introductions at each site before the inflight call, will start at 3.05pm (15:05 Greenwich Mean Time). The actual inflight call will start at around 3:45pm (GMT) and will last about 20 minutes. Don’t miss it! 

To access the live stream, visit:

Watch a video with Thomas: 

About ESERO Ireland

ESA’s ESERO project is a collaboration between ESA, national space agencies and educational partners. ESERO Ireland is one of 10 operational ESERO Offices across Europe, covering 13 ESA Member States. 

Science Foundation Ireland manages the ESERO Ireland programme, which focuses on supporting teachers in using space as a rich and inspiring context to teach science.

This year ESERO Ireland is delivering science education workshops to over 1,000 primary teachers in over 100 schools. It will also work with secondary teachers to support the new science curriculum at second level.  ESERO Ireland also manages the exciting national CanSat competition which replicates a real-life space mission. 


Teachers can access numerous resources – all tailored to the national school curricula and language – and avail of teacher training workshops and conferences. Visit for more information.

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