Astronaut André Kuipers surprises Zwarte Cross audience: ‘The festival can be seen from space’ | back corner

with videoLichtenforde – Amazing Friday appearance at Zwarte Cross: astronaut André Kuipers is on the festival site. The Dutchman gives two lectures in the theater tent. He has a surprising announcement: “I believe the black cross can be seen from space.”

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Has he ever been to Zwarte Cross? “Not at all. But I visit Achterhoek regularly, and I have friends who live in Winterswijk,” says André Kuipers. The world-famous astronaut, who has made two long journeys into space, gave two lectures on sustainability in a packed theater tent at the festival.

A glass of wine with space travel

“Because sustainability and space are more connected than you think,” Kuipers says. “Satellites, for example, help make farming more accurate and detect diseases in crops,” Kuipers says. “Even in a glass of wine, there’s a bit of space travel, because wine growers use satellites to estimate harvest time.”

André Kuipers, with Tante Rikie nose goggles, in front of the stage tent on the Zwarte Cross © Ghost Decgraph

The black cross in the seventh heaven

These days, Zwarte Cross fans are doing some sort of space flight themselves, through many stages, shows, and other tropical surprises. Kuipers surprises the audience with a satellite image that claims that Zwarte Cross can actually be seen from above.

Is it possible to watch the largest festival in the Netherlands in “space”? “I think the entire built Zwarte Cross can be seen from space. At least if you zoom in on the satellite images, I’d like to go right back and check it out,” Kuipers says.

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André Kuipers gave two lectures at Zwarte Cross
André Kuipers gave two lectures at Zwarte Cross © Ghost Decgraph

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