“Earth Hour” Engages the Space Station

March 15th, 2012

Credit: ESA/NASA

Mark March 31st on your calendar – the day that “Earth Hour” will extend to the International Space Station for the first time.

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ambassador, André Kuipers, will keep watch over planet Earth as lights are switched off for an hour on March 31st.

This year, Earth Hour will take place at 8:30-9:30 p.m. at participants’ local time on March 31.

The event involves participants symbolically turning off their lights as a reminder to mind Earth’s resources.

According to ESA, Earth Hour has become the world’s largest voluntary action that spotlights climate change and the need for sustainability.

ESA astronaut, Kuipers, will share photos and live commentary of Earth Hour from his vantage point in space, to draw attention to the need to reduce human impact on our precious globe.

Kuipers is on a six-month PromISSe mission, serving as ambassador for the WWF Earth Hour. During his space travel, he will film and photograph WWF projects under way at locations such as the Zambezi, Borneo and the North Pole.

For more information on Earth Hour, go to:

By Leonard David