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Raising awareness of life on Earth in space: thanks to students, Thomas Pesquet will be able to grow a flower 400km from Earth

Raising awareness of life on Earth in space: thanks to students, Thomas Pesquet will be able to grow a flower 400km from Earth

A flower in space: thanks to a team composed mostly of students and graduates of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, Thomas Pesquet will be able to keep a link with the Earth during his next space mission.

During the 6 month Alpha mission, the Eklosion capsule, specially designed for cultivation in weightlessness, will allow the astronaut to keep a link with nature and stimulate his senses at 400km from Earth.

For more than a year, the Eklo association, made up of students and graduates from the L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, has been working on the design of a capsule that will allow a flower - and more specifically a marigold - to be sent into space.

Dicsover the Eklo project:

© CNES/PEUS Christophe, 2019

This project was carried out in close collaboration with the CNES, the National Center for Space Studies located in Toulouse. In the continuity of the actions led by Thomas Pesquet, the Eklo association develops experiments on Earth and in the International Space Station on the theme of Plants in Space. This project allows the general public to be aware of life on Earth and in Space.

The Eklo association was born following a call for projects launched by the CNES to raise awareness of the space sector among students. Students from the school in the master’s cycle at the Studio Montréal then decided to submit a project for the Generation ISS competition in June 2019. Thomas Pesquet, a member of the competition jury, selects their project to take it on board the ISS. This project will then merge with another winning project to give birth to the Eklo association.

The Eklo association

Students and graduates from L’École de design Nantes Atlantique: Enzo Zouaoui, Clara Jouault, Bastien Padiolleau, Flavie Simon-Barboux, Jules Lerouge, Kilian Cornillon, Emma Brossaud

Other team members: Eve Teyssier, Elisa Youb, Nathan Mathes, Paul Payen de La Garanderie, Florian Cargouet