On Semptember 29th 2017 we had the pleasure to host Mr. Maciej Jakimiec from the Copernicus Project. Mr. Maciej introduced us to the logistics and ways of organizing stratospheric flights. We have also received an invitation to the next edition of the Near Space Conference which will take place on Saturday, 12th of May 2018. The greatest surprise was the proposition of elite workshops with an American guest of the conference, Bill Brown, who is an icon for, us, Near Space enthusiasts. Since 1987 Bill performed over 500 stratospheric flights. He is the founding father of this field. It was Bill to first launch a camera into the atmosphere, to do the first video transmission, to launch the first spaceship from a balloon platform… It was very nice to meet Mr. Maciej. We are also thankful to Mr. Jakub Zdroik for organizing the meeting at the Univeristy of Gdańsk.
During the meeting of the astrobiological team at the Oceanography Department we got familiar with the boundary condition during stratospheric mission. We watched presentations sent by Mrs. Ph. D. A. Kołodziejczykk and Mr. M. Jakimiec.
“On the 11th of September together with Aleksander Wardyn I had the opportunity to participate in the Moon for the Youth project. Beside me in the team belonged a communication officer, a cabin physician, a cabin secretary, astrobiologist and a data officer. My stay at the habitat lasted for 8 hours during which I coordinated the activities of other astronauts such as e.g. the order of the physiological tests and the perception of time test, I motivated them to work and supervised their keeping up with the schedule of experiments. The greatest attraction of the project was surely the preparation of the two chosen astronauts to the EVA walk and the latter work with them. Throughout the whole stay at the habitat we used the Moon Time and we communicated via Internet with the simulated air traffic control in order to receive advice on solving different problems. The next day our team switched roles with the air traffic control and I became the flight director whose job was to control the course of the mission. The trip was one of the most unusual ones in my life and it was a very interesting experience, combining education and fun. As participants we would like to thank Mrs. Ph. D Agata Kołodziejczyk from the European Space Agency for organizing the mission and inviting us to take part in it.”
Educational Youth Mission Youth for the Moon 11-13 September 2017
LUNARES habitat, Piła Airport
Author and coordinator of the mission: Ph.D. Agata Kołodziejczyk
Edition and correction: Matt Harasymczuk
Technical help: Michał Gocyła
Space Garden Spółka z o.o.
Polish Paratroopers Association
European Space Agency
During today’s meeting we were working on organisms which grew on agar-agar from the samples collected by Szymon Zajączkowski on Svalbard. Firstly, we observed the content of the scale pad under the microscope. Then, we transported the colonies from the Petri dishes into flasks with fluid culture.
Today’s meeting was short but very important for the future work. Now we are waiting for the development of our organisms.
Experts who supervise the work of the astrobiological team: Ph.D. Aleksandra Zgrundo ffrom the Oceanography Department of the University of Gdansk with the support of Ph. D. Adam Nawrot from the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Science.
The coordinator of the group is Szymon Zajączkowski and the members are: Julia Pakuła, Julia Skowera, Aleksandra Warzocha, Aleksandra Klassa
The research will consider extremophile organisms.