Israeli students talk live to astronaut in space

The public can also watch Israel’s first in-flight call with International Space Station (ISS).

Israel’s first-ever live broadcast with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will take place today (October 24). The live video linkup will connect high school and university students gathered at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.

Parmitano has been aboard the space station for 166 days and has conducted numerous experiments on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). The in-flight call with the International Space Station (ISS) was initiated by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Space Agency.

Students will hear about life in space and will be able to ask questions.

Israel is widely recognized for the academic space research performed here. The International Astronautical Federation’s Space Conference will be held in Jerusalem in 2015 and will bring more than 3,000 researchers and scientists to Israel’s capital city.

Two years ago, the European Space Agency asked the Israel Space Agency for permission to name the supply vehicle after Albert Einstein. The Israel Space Agency relayed the request to the Hebrew University, which Einstein co-founded and to which he bequeathed his writings, intellectual heritage and image. The Hebrew University agreed to the request without asking for royalties.

In June 2013, the European Space Agency sent the Einstein space vehicle to resupply the space station. In addition to tons of supplies, the vehicle included documents borrowed from the Hebrew University’s Einstein Archives, which will be signed by the astronauts and returned to earth.

The event will also be transmitted live to Italy and Germany.

The public can watch a live feed of the event at

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