University and high-school students listened to a lecture on Thursday – but the speaker was not in this world. It was delivered by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who is part of the mission for the European Space Agency.
The live broadcast on life in space from the international space station connected him to the Wise Auditorium on the Hebrew University’s Givat Ram Campus in Jerusalem. It was initiated by the Israel Space Agency and HU.
Some of the material sent on the automated transfer vehicle that brings supplies to the space station were documents written by Jewish physicist that came from the Einstein Archives of HU. The copies will be signed by Parmitano and returned to Earth. The Italian astronaut was dispatched to space for a 166-day mission, during which he will perform some 20 scientific experiments.