Conference of Thomas Pesquet and Daniel Kunth
Thursday, April 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Amphitheater of the Biology Institute of the University of Montpellier (Tram stop 1 "Albert 1er")
The Van Allen Foundation of the University of Montpellier, which supports the 1st University Space Center will receive Thomas Pesquet, astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), and the astrophysicist Daniel Kunth for a new space conference "Regards croisés entre la Terre et l'Espace" - free and open to all -, on Thursday, April 5, from 1 to 4 pm in the amphitheatre of the Institute of Biology of the University of Montpellier (Tram stop 1 "Albert 1er").
Thomas Pesquet is the star of space at the moment. Back from space, he will present his 6-month Proxima mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS): preparation, life on board, scientific experiments, spacewalks... you will know everything about the backstage of a space mission! And it's no coincidence that Thomas chose to come to Montpellier: last May, from the ISS, he congratulated on Facebook the students of the Space Center of the University of Montpellier for having allowed France to be selected by the ESA among the 6 best university nanosatellite projects in Europe! His visit is an opportunity to share his passion and his vision of the Earth with future generations of space scientists.
In addition, the astrophysicist Daniel Kunth, Ambassador of the Van Allen Foundation and Director of Research at the CNRS (who created "La Nuit des Etoiles" with Hubert Reeves), will offer a look from Earth. Specialized in the observation of Space with the largest telescopes in the world (from the European observatory in Chile, or with the Hubble space telescope...), Daniel Kunth studies galaxies in order to understand their formation and evolution. Very active, he has also published several works of scientific popularization.
With the 1st University Space Center and the Van Allen Foundation, the sending into orbit of its ROBUSTA1B nanosatellite last June, the recognition of its excellence by space agencies... the University of Montpellier has become a national reference in terms of university nanosatellites and a meeting place for prestigious space players.