Scouts from across the world have linked live to the International Space Station at a World Scout Jamboree.
“Scouts helped me to learn a lot about myself and to take care of myself in a harsh environment like the woods, or the space station.” These were the words of Flight Engineer, Clayton Anderson during the live link up between the International Space Station and Scouts at the 21st World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park in Essex.
The live link to the International Space Station is part of the Scouting’s Centenary Celebrations and the 21st World Scout Jamboree at which 40,000 Scouts are participating.
750 Scouts and volunteers were in the audience for the link to the space station which took place at 10.10pm on 4th August 2007. Over the 10 minute link up, Scouts from the UK, Australia, Denmark, Holland, Malaysia, Japan, USA, Switzerland, France and Finland, representing Scouts from nearly every country in the world, asked questions to Clayton about life on the space station and his time in Scouting.
Dr Fransisco Diego from University College London explained the importance of the mission “this is the most important project of mankind; it is about international collaboration and brings hope for peace for the world. Astronauts aboard the Space Station see the earth without countries or manmade borders.” The theme of international peace and friendship is what the 40,000 Scouts attending the Jamboree have been learning about, whilst having the time of their lives.
Bronwyn Benstead, 15, from South Yorkshire was the first ever Scout to talk to International Space Station talking about her chat with the astronaut 350km overhead, Bronwyn said “This has to be one of the best things I have ever done. This is why I love being in Scouting, it gives you the opportunity to do things that you would get the chance to do anywhere else. I will never forget all the experiences I have had at the Jamboree.”
The link up took place from the “Elements” Programme Zone of the World Scout Jamboree. During the course of the Jamboree 30,000 young people will take part in activities in Elements including the opportunity to test their skills in running across custard and launching their own rockets.
The link was enabled by AMSAT, The Radio Society of Great Britain, NASA and supported by University College London.
The International Space Station sees 16 sunrises and sunsets a day which is four more than the Scouts see at the Jamboree.