Glasgow City of Science asked young people aged 8 – 17 to come up with a unique and exciting question to put to European astronaut, Alexander Gerst, who will answer it in a special message during Glasgow’s Explorathon – a celebration of science that will inspire, challenge and amaze you.

The winner’s question will be answered at the Explorathon event in Cineworld IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre on 26th September, 2014.

The winning questions

We’re delighted to announce that our winner is:

  • Eilidh McFadden from St Anne’s Primary
    “What did you learn at school that helped you to become an astronaut?”


Congratulations also to our runners-up who’ll have their questions answered on the night:

  • Evan Taylor, Whiteinch Primary
    “How many buttons are on the dashboard?”
  • Catlin Ravencroft, Aultmore Park Primary School
    “If you could move the International Space Station to any planet where would it be?”


Many thanks to all who entered the ‘Ask an Astronaut’ competition. Our judges were really impressed with the quality and imagination displayed in the questions received. We can’t wait to hear the answers now from the astronaut on the night of Explorathon – hope to see you there!


This competition is supported by Glasgow Science Centre, Cineworld and Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA)


Explorathon – European Researchers’ Night Scotland – is brought to you by:



Cineworld IMAX at Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

European Researcher’s Night – Explorathon (Glasgow)

Scottish Universities Physics Alliance – SUPA

European Space Agency – ESA

Page updated for winning entries – 29th August 2014