GalileoMobile at the United Nations

by Mayte

Prof. Karl-Heinz Glassmeier invited GalileoMobile to give a talk at the 52nd COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space) meeting celebrated by the United Nations (UN) in Vienna. Maria and I volunteered to take part in the meeting and the talk was a bit different from the scientific ones we are used to.

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We sat on a podium with an audience mainly consisting of ambassadors from UN member states and representatives of different research institutions. We also had to provide an advance script of our talk for the professional translators, who were simultaneously translating what we said into 5 different languages: Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic and Russian. So, it was a very formal presentation!

The COPUOS meeting aims to foster the exchange of information related to activities performed in outer space, to encourage research, and other activities within the field. We took this opportunity to present the goals of GalileoMobile by giving an overview of the project in a 30 minute talk.

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Half way through the presentation we showed a small part of our new documentary ‘Ano-Luz‘ featuring Leonardo, a very special boy we met in Bolivia during the BraBo expedition. The reaction I received from the audience, while they were watching the video, made me travel back to the moment when I was behind the camera interviewing Leonardo. Their faces were exactly like mine at the time: full of excitement. This moment and the joy of being capable to transmit the value of GalileoMobile’s work and all it has achieved, reaffirmed my motivation to continue spreading astronomy and increasing the interest in science not only in students but also in teachers.

This was indeed a great opportunity to also exchange ideas with other projects and organisations! Thank you UN for inviting and having us there!

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‘In the land of beauty’ visits France

by Francesca

The documentary screening in the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille was a success!

Even though I wasn’t part of the Uganda expedition, and only joined GalileoMobile a few months ago, I didn’t think that I would be nervous about whether people liked it or not – but actually I really was!  I was quite anxious about the reactions both the documentary and GalileoMobile would receive, but I needn’t have worried.

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The feedback was extremely positive.

There were about 20 people and after the screening many later asked if the documentary is available online because they wanted to send it to other people! Even though many attendees didn’t know about GalileoMobile beforehand, they thought that the project is necessary and important!  Others asked if we would be showing it again, as they didn’t manage to go to the first screening in time, but would have really liked to watch it!

So, mission accomplished, and I’m glad to have been able to spread the message of “Under the same sky” to this corner of the Earth too!

In the land of beauty: First public screening!

By Fabio

GalileoMobile filmed a documentary and we are showing it on big screens in many cool locations. Nice, isn’t it? ‘In the Land of Beauty’ started its journey across the world as a big screen film in Yale on 4th February. A special date, since the 4th October marks the end of our Uganda expedition in 2013.

How did the screening go?
Well, I tell you the story, which, of course, is a story in the story, and many little stories within the bigger ones.

DSC00229When I moved to Yale a few months ago, I saw this observatory, which sits on the highest point on Yale campus. There are two little domes hosting two telescopes, and a bigger one with a Planetarium, which hosts people who like to enjoy the wonders of the cosmos. So I thought: “Yes, this is a good starting point for the world to see our movie, a movie about a journey, the cosmos, about people, friendship, unity, and nature.”

So we organized this event for the 28 January, but here comes the story in the story. The biggest snowstorm in the history of U.S. Northeast hit many places, including New Haven, the day before the screening.

“Screw it, we’ll do it anyway”, I thought.

But what happened instead, was the closure of the whole University, a half deserted city, and everybody spending the day at home, possibly with a hot tea, coffee, or wine. “Drink whatever you want” – they seemed to say – “but don’t go to the premiere of ‘In the Land of Beauty’ “.
“Fair enough, the journey will start one week later, and I too will have a glass of wine at home”, I thought.

The terrible snowstorm, which should have brought about 1 meter of snow, delivered only 15cm. A week later, two days before the rescheduled premiere of the documentary, a less advertised snowstorm brought, instead, more than 50 cm of snow, which quietly fell covering all the city.

“Screw it, we’ll do it anyway”. And this time we did it!

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I don’t know how many times I had already watched the documentary, but this time was totally different from before. About 15 people attended, and all of them enjoyed the movie and our work, our philosophy and ideas.For a bit more than one hour they have traveled with us to Uganda, Africa, around the planet and:

‘In the land of Beauty’.

Till next time!