What is an astronaut’s perspective on our place in the Universe? What is the prospect of finding life on exoplanets? How do lithium-ion batteries perform in space? This year’s Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry reward discoveries which are crucial to the work taking place on the International Space Station. Astronauts Jessica Meir and Luca Parmitano aboard the International Space Station will tell us about the research being carried out at the space station and the challenges of their recent space walks. They will be in conversation with Physics Laureates Didier Queloz and Michel Mayor, who discovered the first exoplanet, and Chemistry Laureate Stanley Whittingham, who is rewarded for the development of the lightweight, rechargeable and powerful lithium-ion battery.

The conversation will be moderated by Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang. Anna Sjöström Douagi, Science and Program Director at Nobel Prize Museum, will open the event with a question and answer session with the Nobel Laureates, who join us at the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm for the start of an eventful Nobel Week.


Information for schools worldwide

Take part of the live stream at nobelprize.org. On the museum’s Facebook page a post is made before the talk aimed for schools to interact via – feel free to post a picture and a greeting as a comment so that everyone can see from where you are watching! Also, please share the post with others so that as many classrooms as possible can take of this unique space talk.

How are the Nobel Prize-awarded achievements implemented in space?

This year the Nobel Prize in Physics rewards new understanding of the Universe’s structure and history, and the first discovery of a planet orbiting a solar-type star outside our Solar System. Cosmology and exoplanets are among the key themes investigated by ESA’s space science missions, with exo-planet hunter Cheops launching mid-December. Nobel Laureate Didier Queloz is himself chair of the mission.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry rewards the development of the powerful lithium ion battery. Jessica will recount first-hand how she helped install new lithium-ion batteries during her recent spacewalk to improve the station’s power capacity.

Luca Parmitano is deeply involved in several challenging spacewalks to service the International Space Station’s largest scientific instrument. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is a sub-atomic particle detector that looks for dark matter, antimatter and measures cosmic rays – high energy particles that travel through space at close to the speed of light. The European astronaut has carried out two spacewalks to date to maintain AMS-02’s cooling system and ensure it can continue to provide more groundbreaking science to the scientific community for and its principal investigator Samuel Ting, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976.


Participants at International Space Station

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir

Participants at Nobel Prize Museum, Stockholm

Nobel Prize in Physics Didier Queloz

Nobel Prize in Physics Michel Mayor

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Stanley Whittingham

ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang

Anna Sjöström Douagi, Science and Program Director, Nobel Prize Museum


The livestream of the in-flight call will be available on ESA Web TV.

Media wishing to follow the video call from the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden can apply for accreditation, by 2 December at the latest, via press2019[a]nobelprize.org