By Mary Mazzoni on Mar 30, 2012

Space Station to go Dark for Earth Hour

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On March 31 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together and switch off their lights in observation of Earth Hour. Earth911 will also be blacked out for an hour on Saturday to commemorate the occasion, but we aren’t the only ones getting in on the energy-saving action.

For the first time, Earth Hour will extend to the International Space Station. ESA astronaut and World Wildlife Fund ambassador André Kuipers will keep watch over Earth as the lights switch off on Saturday, sharing photos and live commentary of his experience via the European Space Agency (ESA).

Kuipers said he is thrilled to participate in Earth Hour and take the movement to a new level.

“There is no better way to raise awareness for the future of the most beautiful planet in the universe,” the astronaut says. “Working to understand our planet is what ESA does every day, and taking part in Earth Hour enables people to join us in this commitment.”

More EA 2012: PHOTOS: Earth Hour from Coast to Coast

During his six-month PromISSe mission, Kuipers is serving as ambassador for the WWF and Earth Hour and will use his unique vantage point in space to draw attention to the need to reduce our ever-growing footprint on the planet.

In addition to reporting on Earth Hour, Kuipers will film and photograph WWF projects under way at locations such as Borneo, the North Pole and Africa’s Zambezi River.

For more information on Kuipers and his mission, read his Logeboek (available in English and Dutch), check out the PromISSe mission blog or follow him on Twitter.

Must-See: PHOTOS: Earth Hour 2011 at the Golden Gate Bridge

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