Planned ISS contact Tuesday, March 6, 2012 13.11 UTC
The questions are asked by children who won the Ruimteschip Aarde (Spaceship Earth) competition. In this competition André Kuipers challenged them to turn their class room into a spaceship and to think very good about what they and their class mates needed to survive in space for a very long time. They showed their results in videos. In some of the questions the children refer to inventions they made for this competition, such as the Poep Brandstof Generator (Poop fuel generator, Q4) and the Geur Vergeet Geheugen Machine (a machine that makes it possible to smell forgotten scents from earth, Q6)
Hello Andre, this is Jasper Wamsteker of the Netherlands Space Office and the Ruimteschip Aarde project. I am here together with the proud winners of the first special mission of Ruimteschip Aarde. I see a lot of delighted and excited faces around me. The children here have a lot of questions for you, but first I have a question myself.
1. We can hear you, but we cannot see you. Please could you describe to us where you are at the moment?
2. Will it ever be possible that children go on al long space trip? Or would this be too dangerous for the growth and the strength of their bones and organs?
3. If you eat salt in space, does it affect your bone density?
4. For the competition we designed a PBG (Poop Fuel Generator). Poop is converted into fuel and thus used for relocation in space by the principle of action=reaction. Do you think the PBG can ever be made and used by astronauts on a space mission that takes several years?
5. How long can you survive in space in case no new provisions are brought?
6. For the competition we came up with the idea of the GVGM (Forgotten Scents Remembrance Machine). This helps you to smell and remember smells from earth. Which 3 scents would you like the GVGM to be able to reproduce?
7. You do a lot of experiments in the ISS. Which one has your preference?
8. Did you ever came up with an idea for an experiment yourself, that you would like to conduct in space?
9. What do you do in case the oxygen falls out?
10. Now that you are in space, do you read a science fiction novel there, or is that not necessary anymore?
11. Is there an experiment that you would like to conduct, but which you cannot do because of lack of time?
12. Is there a game that you and your fellow astronauts play together in your free time?
13. When you were launched, did you feel the high speed of the rocket?
14. Can you imagine what it would be like to be so far away that it is not possible anymore to see earth?
15. You travel to the ISS in a very small capsule. How can you take all your clothes with you?
16. Is there a device which can be used in the ISS, that you would like to be made?
17. What effects on your body do you experience now that you are in space?
18. Would you like to live in space forever together with your friends and family?
19. Do you ever have stomach ache as a result of lack of gravity?