January 10, 2013
Students To Compete In Zero Gravity Robot Games On The Space Station
April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
On the International Space Station this Friday, January 11, a squadron of mini satellites will wake up to obey remote commands from students across Europe. Space enthusiasts can watch a live broadcast as teams make the droids compete in a space game called RetroSpheres.
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers will be providing commentary from ESTEC — ESA's space research and technology center — in the Netherlands. NASA's Kevin Ford and Tom Mashburn will set up the games on the Station. Andre will be with approximately 130 students at ESTEC to learn more about robotics and run their code on the Spheres floating in the Space Station.
You can follow this event via ESA web-tv, Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30am EST (14:30 to 17:30 CET).