Friday, 20 July 2018 | 06:43
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The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) has been the first Spanish university to make radio contact with the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in an initiative called ISS Contact, organised by the University Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communication (IDeTIC) belonging to the University of Gran Canaria.

The aim of this initiative was for students of different levels from the Canary Islands to gain first-hand knowledge of daily life on board the International Space Station (ISS). To this end, the students would ask the astronauts questions during the period of time that the ISS will fly over the Canary Islands, some 10 to 12 minutes. The students taking part were university undergraduates and secondary school students.

The President of the UOPGC, José Regidor García, received the students selected and gave them some ULPGC material, including a calculator and a ball-pen set. Regidor encouraged them to keep up their interest in science and to maintain their curiosity in broadening their knowledge.



Contact was made from the installations of the IDeTIC in the Scientific-Technological Park of the ULPGC (Multiuse Building II, on the Tafira University Campus), with the participation of 20 students from all over the Canary Islands, aged between 11 and 25.

Activities began at 13.00 hours with the screening of films, interviews, life in the station, and others, that could be followed on the event website www.isscontact.eu or on the screens that were set up outside the Scientific and Technology Park building of the Tafira Campus (the car park of the Multiuse Building II), in the Assembly Hall of the Electronics and Telecommunications Building and in the ULPGC Auditorium (Paraninfo).

The IDeTIC (University Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communication) has put a great deal of effort into the organisation of this event so that the university community and society in the Canary Islands in general could enjoy this event live.

The organization would like to thank the approximately 750 participants who sent in their questions for the high level of interest in and enthusiasm demonstrated for this initiative, and would also like to extend their thanks to the centres and teachers who encouraged their students to take part, promoting activities, questions, etc, as well the sponsors whose collaboration has enabled this event to take place.


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