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Space Day: Meet & Greet the Astronauts

Tuesday, 25 September, 2012 - 16:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
campus Etterbeek
Building Q
Meet & greet

Dirk Frimout Kick off the Campus 2012 VUB Space Day

In 1992, Dirk Frimout became a national celebrity as the first Belgian in space. Aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis, he orbited earth 143 times for a total of 214 hours in space. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of this event, Dirk Frimout invited the astronauts who accompanied him on Shuttle mission STS-45 for a weeklong visit to Belgium. Among them will be Michael Foale, Kathryn Sullivan and Charles Bolden, who was Frimouts commander on STS-45 and is the current NASA Administrator.

L’Université Libre de Bruxelles and de Vrije Universiteit Brussel could not pass up on this opportunity and will be joining forces to organize the ‘Space Day 2012’ on september 25. In the afternoon, 1400 students from secondary schools all over Belgium will engage in a Q&A session with the astronauts. Afterwards, the astronauts will be the special guests at the official opening of the academic year at the VUB.

From 5.30pm until 6.30pm students, alumni and researchers of both universities will get the chance to ask questions and discuss space exploration with the astronauts. The space travelers will split up in three parallel round table discussions in the Q-auditoria, each covering a different subject:

  1. Astronomy & earth observation
  2. Engineering of space flight
  3. Manned space exploration

From 4:30pm, you are also welcome on a drink and poster sessions of VUB/ULB space research. This event is free of charge, but you are required to register here.