1,000 billion trees to save children’s future! 

Going back to Yuri Gagarin, every Astronaut has planted a tree before their departure, as have the current crew members of ISS.  

The children of Plant-for-the-Planet plant trees all over the world. Their goal: 1,000 billion trees to save their future. These trees would absorb an additional 10 billion tons of CO2 every year. The children are officially responsible for the Global Tree Counter of the UNEP. Almost 13 billion trees have been registered there. We wonder whether the trees of current crew members have been registered, too? And we wonder whether they have found the Chocolate?

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Chocolate and columbus pump in the same cargo! - But where? 
When will the Astronauts find the chocolate? We can give them another hint: We think the chocolate is in the same cargo bag as the Columbus pump! 
Take part and tweet to Luca and Karen where they might find both! Together we can conclude the story and cause with happy ending!
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By the video posted by @lionelferra we realized that the Columbus pump and our chocolate might be in the same bag! On pictures we saw the pump and the chocolate being packed in one cargo bag! But which one is it?  

Take action: Together we might be able to reach @astro_luca, @AstroKarenN and the rest of the team, so that they can find the chocolate and tell us how it tastes!
The idea to send some bars of our Change Chocolate into space came up during lunch a few weeks ago, when Gisela mentioned that her boyfriend was working at the European Space Station in Kourou preparing for the launch of the Ariana-5 space rocket. Inspired by the facebook posts of Col. Chris Hadfield, Andreas got the idea to send up some Change Chocolate to the ISS. And it worked. Our story caused tweeting frenzy, made it into an ESA Blogpost and even and to the Russian News Agency
Help us to conclude the story. Take part and let’s reach the ISS. Earth is calling #Chocosphere ;) 
(Photos: ESA & Twitter)   

Chocolate and columbus pump in the same cargo! - But where? 

When will the Astronauts find the chocolate? We can give them another hint: We think the chocolate is in the same cargo bag as the Columbus pump! 

Take part and tweet to Luca and Karen where they might find both! Together we can conclude the story and cause with happy ending!

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When will they find the chocolate!? - Let the hunt begin! 
Just in time, the hatch opens and our chocolate has made it into the social media channels of ESA - causing a lot of positive reactions: Chocolate sent as a surprise to the Astronauts and nobody knows what happens next. 
Perhaps they will send us a picture while enjoying our chocolate?! Take part and ask Luca and Karen if they found the surprise already. Together we can conclude the story and cause with happy ending!?
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In the picture above, @lionelferra Luca and Cosmo Sasha are looking through window Nr. 5 during the rendezvous with ATV-4, tweets @shuttlealmanac on twitter. ESA updated that, “the hatch is closed right now and the scrubber is running until 15:35 CEST. All all cargo is still secured in place as it was loaded into ATV at Kourou during Cargo Integration”.

We hope Luca and his team will be able to confirm delivery soon and the hunt for the chocolate can begin. We are very excited about when they might find their sweet surprise and whether we will hear something from them. Are you excited, too?Take action: Together we might be able to reach @astro_luca, @AstroKarenN and the rest of the team, so that they can finally learn the story about why there is actually Change Chocolate aboard ATV-4 “Albert Einstein”

The idea to send some bars of our Change Chocolate into space came up during lunch a few weeks ago, when Gisela mentioned that her boyfriend was working at the European Space Station in Kourou preparing for the launch of the Ariana-5 space rocket. Inspired by the facebook posts of Col. Chris Hadfield, Andreas got the idea to send up some Change Chocolate to the ISS. And it worked. Our story caused tweeting frenzy, made it into an ESA Blogpost and even and to the Russian News Agency
Help us to conclude the story. Take part and let’s reach the ISS. Earth is calling #Chocosphere ;) 
 
(Photos: ESA & Twitter)   

When will they find the chocolate!? - Let the hunt begin! 

Just in time, the hatch opens and our chocolate has made it into the social media channels of ESA - causing a lot of positive reactions: Chocolate sent as a surprise to the Astronauts and nobody knows what happens next. 

Perhaps they will send us a picture while enjoying our chocolate?! Take part and ask Luca and Karen if they found the surprise already. Together we can conclude the story and cause with happy ending!?

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"We wonder what the astronauts will think of our chocolate!"
Without a plan. Without a budget. Without knowledge. Just a simple idea during lunchtime that got our chocolate aboard ISS and into a Blogpost of ESA. Nobody knows what happens next and even ESA wonders “what the Astronauts will think of it”. Let’s ask them! Let’s reach ISS. The people of planet earth are calling #chocosphere! Tweet about #chocosphere and together we may reach @astro_luca, @AstroKarenN and the rest of the team so they finally also get to know the story why there is actually Change Chocolate aboard ATV-4 “Albert Einstein”.
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“You can tell it is very good quality nice chocolate” says Kirsten MacDonell, ATV cargo manager in the ESA Blogpost. That’s true! The Change Chocolate has become one of the most sold Fairtrade Chocolates in Germany within a year - and without any marketing budget.   

The idea to send some bars of our Change Chocolate to space came up during lunch a few weeks ago, when Gisela mentioned her boyfriend was working at the European Space Station in Kourou preparing for the launch of the Ariana-5 space rocket. Inspired by the facebook posts of Col. Chris Hadfield, Andreas got the idea to uplift some Change Chocolate to the ISS. And it worked. Our story caused several Tweets, made it into ESA Blogpost and even and to Russian News Agency
Help us to conclude the story. Take part and let’s reach the ISS. Earth is calling #Chocosphere ;) 

(Photo Credits: ESA and Plant-for-the-Planet)

"We wonder what the astronauts will think of our chocolate!"

Without a plan. Without a budget. Without knowledge. Just a simple idea during lunchtime that got our chocolate aboard ISS and into a Blogpost of ESA. Nobody knows what happens next and even ESA wonders “what the Astronauts will think of it”. Let’s ask them! Let’s reach ISS. The people of planet earth are calling #chocosphere! 

Tweet about #chocosphere and together we may reach @astro_luca, @AstroKarenN and the rest of the team so they finally also get to know the story why there is actually Change Chocolate aboard ATV-4 “Albert Einstein”.

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How did we manage to get Change Chocolate to the ISS?
Into-the-chocosphere has become quite an incredible and unbelievable story. Space fans from all over the world ask themselves how we managed to get the bars into ATV-4.  
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Let’s start from the very beginning. In 2007 a nine year old boy, Felix, had to give a school presentation about the climate crisis. He had the idea that children could plant millions of trees. 6 years later thousands of children all over the world are fighting for their future and planted more than 12 billion trees. 
“The Change Chocolate” in Germany: carbon neutral and fair trade certified, has become one of the most sold fairtrade chocolates without any marketing budget - and a great instrument to reach more people. 
We, the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation, support the Children. However the Foundation has got very limited financial resources, efficiency is one of our highest goals. Always searching for the biggest lever to spread the cause of the children many incredible stories happened the last years.
Therefore having the idea to send chocolate to the ISS, where scientists do important experiments and take great pictures from mother earth is not that unusual. However, that it worked out has been quite a surprise for us, too. Everything had to go very fast. We even packed the chocolate into a used box.  
 
It did work out because people liked the idea and the story behind Plant-for-the-Planet. Into-the-chocosphere has only been possible because a few people were willing to do more than they had to and in the end our chocolate was loaded into ATV-4. Thank you very much!
So far so good. Nobody knows what happens next. Luca and his team unload ATV-4 on Tuesday. Let’s hope they find - and like - the Change Chocolate. 

With your support at twitter #chocosphere we reach Luca and his team perhaps. So they finally also get to know the story why there is actually Change Chocolate at the ISS.
A short introduction video about Plant-for-the-Planet 

(Photo: ESA Ground Crew in Kourou)

How did we manage to get Change Chocolate to the ISS?

Into-the-chocosphere has become quite an incredible and unbelievable story. Space fans from all over the world ask themselves how we managed to get the bars into ATV-4.  

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Change Chocolate reached International Space Station 
It started as an idea during lunchtime a few weeks ago. But the idea has become reality. Since 15 June 14:07 (GMT) ATV-4 “Albert Einstein” is connected to ISS. Inside the ATV 12 bars of the Change Chocolate wait as a sweet surprise for the Crew. 
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Besides 12 bars of our excellent chocolate it carries more than 1400 other items packed into 141 bags, including 2480 kg of dry cargo such as scientific equipment, spare parts, food and clothes for the astronauts. Unloading starts on Tuesday. During its four months attached to the Station, ATV will provide 45 cubic metres of extra crew quarters.
We congratulate to each and everyone involved in ATV4 Mission.  
(Photo Credit: NASA)

Change Chocolate reached International Space Station 

It started as an idea during lunchtime a few weeks ago. But the idea has become reality. Since 15 June 14:07 (GMT) ATV-4 “Albert Einstein” is connected to ISS. Inside the ATV 12 bars of the Change Chocolate wait as a sweet surprise for the Crew. 

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Change Chocolate for Heroes 
For people who take such pictures “alone” in orbit, 400 km away from home, receiving a delivery of chocolate must come as a surprise. “I thought it was a nice idea” says  Kirsten MacDonell, ATV cargo manager in ESA’s Blogpost. Change Chocolate for a global change.
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“Before I flew I was already aware of how small and vulnerable our planet is; but only when I saw it from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that human kind’s most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations.” Sigmund Jähn 

The children of Plant-for-the-Planet act as, and understand themselves to be, a global family fighting for their future. We believe that the photographs that the crew of the ISS sends us from space help to change our attitude towards our planet. 
No ATV in sight yet, however ATV-4 “Albert Einstein” is expected to arrive at the ISS tomorrow, Saturday, 15 June. On Monday, Luca and his crew will start getting ready to unload the cargo - and hopefully discover our sweet surpriseRead more about the docking
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(Photo Credits: NASA, ESA/NASA and Twitter @Astro_Luca)

Change Chocolate for Heroes 

For people who take such pictures “alone” in orbit, 400 km away from home, receiving a delivery of chocolate must come as a surprise. “I thought it was a nice idea” says  Kirsten MacDonell, ATV cargo manager in ESA’s Blogpost. Change Chocolate for a global change.

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One small bite for the crew, one giant leap for our message.
This project is a pretty exceptional opportunity for a rather unusual chocolate. After all, not all chocolates make it to space, right?
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So what makes us so unique? Well, for every five bars sold, one tree is planted by the children of Plant-for-the-Planet. That means every bar is climate neutral.
But that’s not just it. It’s also fair trade, meaning that the kids of cocoa growers can go to school. So it does good for generations to come.
Oh, and it tastes pretty good, too! 
So no wonder our colleague Gisela figured: wouldn‘t it be nice if even astronauts could finally munch on something – apart from liquidised schnitzel.
And big ideas belong in space anyway, don’t they?
(Photo via NASA)

One small bite for the crew, one giant leap for our message.

This project is a pretty exceptional opportunity for a rather unusual chocolate. After all, not all chocolates make it to space, right?

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Day 4: Pioneering change from the tip of a rocket.
Tightly bound and in the hands of a courier, the chocolate was on its way. We waited with baited breath. Until the news came. 
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The chocolates had arrived safely in Kourou! 
Ready for a journey of astrological proportions.
Become a fan of the Change Chocolate on Facebook, and twitter with us on #chocosphere
(Photo via ESA_events)

Day 4: Pioneering change from the tip of a rocket.

Tightly bound and in the hands of a courier, the chocolate was on its way. We waited with baited breath. Until the news came. 

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Day 3: When a phone call becomes a science experiment.

So how do you prepare 100g bar of chocolate to travel over 400km through the stratosphere, into the earth’s orbit, and onto the ISS?

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Day 2: How an email launched us off the ground.

It’s one thing to convince a loving boyfriend. But how can you convince some of the worlds most discerning scientists to pack our tasty treasure into a high-tech, limited-space supply rocket? 

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