Tonight will witness the State of Israel’s first live broadcast with astronauts who are aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The live video link-up will connect high school and university students, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem's Givat Ram campus, with Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano where they will hear about life in space, followed by a Q-and-A session.
Parmitano has been aboard the space station for 166 days and has conducted numerous experiments on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Two years ago, the ESA asked the Israel Space Agency for permission to name the supply vehicle after Albert Einstein. The ISA submitted the request to the Hebrew University, which was co-founded by Einstein 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, when the ESA sent the Einstein space vehicle to resupply the space station, in addition to the supplies, the vehicle included documents borrowed from the Hebrew University’s Einstein Archives, to be signed by the astronauts and then 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 http://bit.ly/16uKxyn.