Sunday, Sept. 23th

Arrival and check-in Hotel for crew and companions

Monday, Sept. 24th

Arrival of Ch. Bolden

14:00 Planetarium Brussels: Inaugural session

Crew and Authorities


  • Belspo (Belgian Science Policy Organization)
  • scientific institutes (Institute of Space Aeronomy, Observatory, Planetarium, Meteorologic Institute)
  • Belgospace (organization of the Space Industries)


Planetarium: Reception Belgospace + Walking dinner

Crew and companions

Tuesday, Sept. 25th (all activities in Brussels)


Academic session with STS045 crew and Belgian Scientists: Atmospheric science and heliophysics: state of the art 20years later.

Speakers: C.Bolden, K. Sullivan, M.Foale, R. Chappell, M.Lampton + scientists

Royal Palace
invitation for the Crew STS-45 and partners to meet His Royal Highness Prince Philippe.

ULB campus, Janson Auditorium, (1400 seats).

Plenary session with 1400 school students (age 15-18).

Space research at ULB and VUB will be briefly presented.

Two moderators will animate the discussion and convey selected questions from the students to the astronauts.

Students questions will be collected and mailed to the astronauts in advance, in order

to ensure relevant questions covering a wide range of interests.

Simultaneous translation (English – Dutch – French) will be made available.


VUB campus

Meeting with university students and young researchers.

Round table of the astronauts with space science researchers (including PhD students and post-docs) of both universities; interaction with university students.

Main research themes will be communicated to the astronauts well in advance.

Location: VUB Campus, auditorium to be defined, ~400 seats.

Closing of the event

Evening: dinner: STS045 crew and partners (only)

Wednesday, Sept. 26th

at University of Liège

10:00-12:00 Plenary session with 600 high school students (age 15-18) With all crew
Opening Academic Year (with C.Bolden and JJ. Dordain)
17:00-18:00 Reception at Palais des Princes-Evèques

Some crew members: Space Camp at Redu, meeting with physics teachers.

Thursday, Sept. 27th

(C. Bolden is leaving)

9:00-10:00 Kathy Sullivan and JJ. Dordain will open "Space Days” at University of Liège

at University of Leuven:

All crew will meet Master in Space Sciences students from University of Leuven, Gent, Liège for Q&A session.

Lunch at Faculty Club of University

16.00-18.00 UGent:Presentation about the new Master Space Studies in KUL and UGent, R&D in UGent, and with the astronauts debate about "The future of human space exploration".

Friday, Sept 28th


Technopolis Mechelen: Some crew members will meet young children (primary and junior high school)

Palais des Academies: debate Kathy Sullivan, Susan Lampton and Nathalie Pattyn: Women in Space


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