How #SpaceConnectsUs: European astronauts & more to share support amid coronavirus in live event

European Space Agency astronauts, along with celebrities and special guests, will speak about their experiences and offer support and advice to the public as part of the #SpaceConnectsUs online event today (March 26).

ESA astronauts Tim Peake, Alexander Gerst, Samantha Cristoforetti, Matthias Maurer, Thomas Reiter, Frank de Winne and André  Kuipers will share their advice on living in confined spaces and in isolated environments as most of the world follows these practices to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. They will share stories and inspiration from their lives and experiences in space exploration, offering words of wisdom and a fascinating, insider peek at what life is like for an astronaut. 

They, along with a number of additional guests, will share their tips and advice for making it work and thriving while practicing social distancing and self-quarantine. The live broadcast, which will run in five languages, will begin at 11 a.m. EDT (15:00 GMT) in Dutch, with each session lasting 30 minutes.  

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Here's a full schedule: 

  • Dutch (NL): 16:00-16:30 CET – 11:00-11:30 EDT – 08:00-08:30 PDT
  • German (DE): 17:00-17:30 CET – 12:00-12:30 EDT – 09:00-09:30 PDT
  • Italian (IT): 18:00-18:30 CET – 13:00-13:30 EDT – 10:00-10:30 PDT
  • French (FR): 19:00-19:30 CET – 14:00-14:30 EDT – 11:00-11:30 PDT
  • English (EN): 20:00-21:30 CET – 15:00-16:30 EDT – 12:00-13:30 PDT

The program will connect to guests from all over the globe. In addition to the astronauts, the event will feature appearances from celebrity professor Brian Cox, physicist Ranga Yogeshwar and science YouTube personality Bruce Benamran. Additionally, from the pop culture world will be actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, actor and singer Olivia Newton-John and Paulina Chávez from "The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia."

Those wishing to participate in the event can ask a question on Twitter using the hashtag #SpaceConnectsUs. Questions might be answered live on the broadcast by the featured guests. The live broadcast will be available to watch here on ESA's YouTube channel or on's live events page

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Chelsea Gohd
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Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd joined in 2018 and is now a Senior Writer, writing about everything from climate change to planetary science and human spaceflight in both articles and on-camera in videos. With a degree in Public Health and biological sciences, Chelsea has written and worked for institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine and Live Science. When not writing, editing or filming something space-y, Chelsea "Foxanne" Gohd is writing music and performing as Foxanne, even launching a song to space in 2021 with Inspiration4. You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd and @foxannemusic.