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Living in isolation here on earth and among the stars

Event type
Conference/Seminar/Round table
From 17:00 to 21:00
TV broadcast


LUXEMBOURG, BERLIN, PARIS - SpaceConnects.Us, an event connecting Europe and the world with astronauts and celebrities with a message of hope and inspiration, has been announced by Asteroid Day and the European Space Agency (ESA).

WHEN? Thursday, 26 March; from 16:00 - 21:00 CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME

WHERE? SpaceConnects.Us | ESA's YouTube channel | ESA's WEB TV

We can also provide you with a broadcast or web signal of the feed.

The world is at a historic standstill. Borders are closing and millions of people are quarantined due to the spread of COVID-19.

While we fight this battle and defeat the invisible enemy, solidarity and mutual encouragement are more important for us than ever before. We want to send out a message of unity and hope, join forces and give us, especially our children and youngsters, confidence in our intelligence, our science, ourselves and the place we live in.

When we asked space agencies and astronauts whether they could help us to learn how to go far and beyond, how to cope with staggering challenges and find mental and physical practices to live in isolation, the answer was overwhelmingly positive. We are launching a virtual global town hall to exchange with them and all those who are fascinated by space and ready to learn from it.

The #SPACECONNECTSUS PROGRAM: Remote sessions with astronauts and guests from all over the world who speak to children, young adults and their families and friends about their experience and techniques in confined places and what else space may provide to help, their trust in science and the sources of their inspiration. The event will be 100% free and digital.

WHEN? Thursday, 26 March; from 17:00 - 21:00 CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME

WHERE? Stream from or watch the TV broadcast from the ASTRA 1M satellite at 19.2 degrees East

The programme runs in five languages: Dutch, German, Italian, French and English, running one specific language with different hosts and different participants straight after the other.


Dutch (NL)    16:00-16:30 CET - 11:00-11:30 EST - 08:00-08:30 PST

German (DE) 17:00-17:30 CET - 12:00-12:30 EST - 09:00-09:30 PST

Italian (IT)     18:00-18:30 CET - 13:00-13:30 EST - 10:00-10:30 PST

French (FR)    19:00-19:30 CET - 14:00-14:30 EST - 11:00-11:30 PST

English (EN)   20:00-21:00 CET - 15:00-16:00 EST - 12:00-13:00 PST

List of confirmed guests below, more in process.


  • Brian Cox (English)
  • Ranga Yogeshwar (German)
  • Bruce Benamran (French)

Planned participating astronauts

  • Tim Peake (ESA)
  • Thomas Pesquet (ESA)
  • Jean-François Clervoy (ESA)
  • Alexander Gerst (ESA)
  • Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA)
  • Rusty Schweickart (NASA)
  • Tom Jones (NASA)
  • Dorin Prunariu (RoSa)
  • Thomas Reiter (ESA)
  • Nicole Stott (NASA)
  • Matthias Maurer (ESA)
  • Frank De Winne (ESA)
  • Andre Kuipers (ESA)
  • Anousheh Ansari (Spaceflight Participant)

Planned participating personalities

  • Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory)
  • Murad Osmann (Photographer)
  • Alison Pill (StarTrek Picard)
  • Paulina Cha?vez ( Actor)
  • Ange?lique Kidjo ( singer )
  • Jan Wörner (ESA Director General)
  • Gianluca Masi (

How to watch the TV broadcast in Europe:

Scan for channels. Find the "Scan" or "Single Satellite Scan" section of the menu, set the "FTA Only" section to Yes if possible, and start the scan by selecting Yes, OK, or Start. Your receiver will begin searching for available satellite TV channels; once it finishes, you'll be able to watch TV like usual through your channel list.

Service Name: SpaceConnectsUs

Service ID: 4410

Transponder: 1.028

Satellite: ASTRA 1M Wide Beam

Orbital Post:19.2 East

Downlink Frequency: 11626.500 MHz

Polarization: Vertical

Modulation: DVB-S QPSK

FEC: 5/6


Join in the conversation on Social Media!

  • Website: SpaceConnects.Us
  • Twitter: @asteroidday #SpaceConnectsUs
  • Facebook:

Media Contacts:

  • Markus Payer: T. +352 621 968 002, E.
  • Grigorij Richters: T. +49 1732631512 E.
  • Ninja Menning, T. +31715656409 E.


This program is non-commercial and is made possible by the following partners who contribute in-kind services: Asteroid Day, ESA, Association of Space Explorers, SES, BCE, Luxembourg Space Agency, Films United, Wave-L, PlanB, and Communications Smart.

Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day is a UN-sanctioned global awareness campaign participated annually on 30 June with the mission is to inspire, engage and educate the public about asteroids opportunities and risks.

European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

Association of Space Explorers

ASE applies the unique perspective of our astronaut / cosmonaut members to promote the global benefits of space science, exploration and international cooperation; to educate and inspire future generations

Broadcasting Center Europe

Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) is a European leader in technical services in the areas of television, radio, production and postproduction, telecommunication and IT.


SES delivers global content connectivity solutions. They leverage a vast and intelligent network that spans satellite and ground infrastructure to create, deliver and manage video and data solutions that connect more people in more places with content that enriches their personal stories.

Films United

Films United is a network of filmmakers and digital media specialists with access to some of the world's most beloved personalities and major brands.


WaveL is a PR & Communications expert specialised in building the strategic pillars of communication, setting the frameworks and developing the narratives, themes and messages that support companies and institutions  in achieving their objectives.

Plan B Communication

Plan B communication supports companies, their founders and their leaders in all communication matters.

Luxembourg Space Agency

The Luxembourg Space Agency promotes the commercial space sector in Luxembourg by supporting the space industry, developing its human resources, giving access to financial solution and by fostering the academic learning and research.

Communications Smart

Communications Smart can organise any relations with the press, the digital media, the radio and television in french speaking countries.

The full press release is attached.

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