On Monday 4 December 2017, teachers and students from Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, and Italy had the opportunity to talk live with ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS) for the VITA mission.
Question that were asked included the following two:
«It was a great experience to ask a question live to an astronaut who flies on the ISS. Interesting to hear how astronauts cope with living in a totally different environment and try to adapt to this. Especially for research into a future long-term stays in space.» – Jonas Pått, Finnish teacher
In addition to the inflight call, the local events featured a range of activities, including talks from national space experts about the many benefits of space technologies, exploration, and research- encouraging teachers and students to explore how space contributes to the advancement of society through spin-offs and innovation, promoting international cooperation, and providing inspiration.
Paolo ended his inflight call with the teachers and students with some inspiring words: «Remember to have impossible dreams and then wake up and start working to make them happen!«