I love attending TEDx events. It’s all about Ideas Worth Spreading. After a TEDx event you return full of stories, ideas, inspiration and energy. In the Netherlands almost every city has its own TEDx event.
So when TEDxESA was announced I had to be there. Fortunately I was selected as one of the 300 people. It was held at ESA’s technologic heart ESTEC in Noordwijk (NL). One of my favorite places. A perfect place for a TEDx event.
The list with speakers was also amazing. Astronauts, an Apollo engineer, a cook, writer, entrepeneur were among them. The complete list is here: http://tedx.esa.int/speakers-2015
My definite highlight was Scott Millican. An engineer who worked on several Apollo missions in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He also trained the astronauts. In the break he talked to a small crowd and showed us the original Apollo 12 checklist with notes scribbled on them. He helped putting men on the moon.
Opening by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers:
Danish chef cook Thorsten Schmidt. He cooked an excellent meal for Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen who stayed at the ISS in September. The Space Rock with a nice surprise inside was delicious.
With Apollo Engineer Scott Millican:
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti talking about her 200-day stay at the ISS:
You can watch all talks at: http://tedx.esa.int/videos
The next TEDxESA will take place at another favorite place, the European Astronaut Center in Cologne somewhere in 2016. Follow TEDxESA on Twitter or Facebook for updates on this event.