European Space Camp 2016 was the camp’s 20th anniversary. With a visit from ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang, witnessing a big sounding rocket launch on the arrival day and getting to launch Pointy Science Thingy up to 9 km of altitude, it was a week to remember.
“European Space Camp is an experience one will never forget, and somewhere we all will dream of going back to.”
In the morning, those of us who had arrived the day before ate breakfast, left for the ASC and played volleyball while waiting for the rest of the participants to arrive. We started off with some ice-breaking games and when we were about to have lunch, we had to evacuate. The scientists were launching a rocket. We made our way to a safe distance from the ASC and watched the launch. It was so cool! Soon afterwards we had the opening ceremony and we finished lunch. Later on we had a presentation given by Christer Fuglesang, detailing his experiences as an astronaut. Then we had a guided tour through the facility and a lecture about Imagination and Mathematics by Alexander Biebricher. At the end of the day we had a team challenge where we were asked things such as building towers out of marshmallows and spaghetti. Finally, we proceeded back to the hotel. It has been an amazing first day.
Looking forward to the rest,
Benjamin, Tora and Irene.