“We have just experienced a historic moment!”

It’s an amazing discussion that they will surely remember for the rest of their lives. 20 students, schoolchildren and college students, had the chance to ask their questions to astronaut Thomas Pesquet, this Monday, May 31.

“Over” at the end of each question

They could not see their “idol” as the station’s camera was down, but the students distinctly heard the astronaut’s answers to their questions, each ending with the famous “Over”, as do the pros of the European Space Agency. The exchange – intense – lasted 10 minutes. On land, the children were seated in the Clair Matin room in the village of Pirajoux.

Feet on the ground and head in the stars, the Saint Joseph school of Marboz (Ain) shows the color of this exceptional meeting

© F.Grassaud

On April 23, 2021 at 11:49 am (French time), astronaut Thomas Pesquet flew for six months aboard a Crew Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS), along with three other astronauts. In 2016, he was the youngest European cosmonaut to fly to space. With this mission, he became the first French captain of the ISS.

These exchanges are made possible thanks to the ARISS association, a group of volunteers of radio amateurs from nine countries, which selected ten schools in France, including the schools of Bresse and the Saint-Pierre college in Marboz, to discuss with the Alpha mission. of the ISS.

A year and a half of preparatory work

The students, the radio amateurs of the ARISS association and the teachers worked together for a year and a half to make this meeting possible.

“Hello Thomas, here Eline, Why become an astronaut? Over.” Twenty questions followed one another with enthusiasm and a lot of seriousness. “Hello Thomas, here Yanis, are you dreaming of going to Mars? Over”

“Yes, I’m dreaming about it but I’m a little old maybe it won’t be me, it will be you!”

“Earth in space: a bit like a soap bubble”

The astronaut also commented on his feelings and his gaze on planet Earth: “On Earth we have the impression that it is huge, but from space we realize that it is fragile, in the middle of space it is a bit like a soap bubble.”

“Leaving Earth is like a merry-go-round. It feels very good. When you’re in space, you feel like you have superpowers!”

The meeting ended with a warm invitation from the host:

“I hope you will come and see us, we will be delighted to welcome you. We shared a historic moment together, thank you all.”

Ain. They spoke to Thomas Pesquet

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