As a part of NASA Year of Education on Station event, the students of Coral Gables, Florida and the Texas Gulf Coast will talk to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station next week. This 20-minute Earth-to-space calls and conversation will be broadcasted live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
The students will get to ask questions and converse with the NASA astronauts on Space Station Ricky Arnold, Drew Feustel, and Scott Tingle, who are living and working aboard the International Space Station. In the Expedition, 55 astronauts will answer questions about life aboard the space station. And they will also throw lights upon NASA’s deep space exploration plans and conduct science in space.
This will also be a delightful and learning experience for the teachers as they will also be connected to the astronauts aboard the space station, providing them with a unique, authentic experience which is designed to enhance the learning, performance, and interest of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The in-flight education downlink has always been an integral component of NASA’s Year of Education on Station that gives the teachers and students a great opportunity to learn and gather information about the extensive space station-related resources. Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with the Mission Control Center on Earth 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).
As the number of events are lined up, the first session will start from 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 25, will connect Arnold and Feustel with Miami students in connection with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Growing Beyond Earth Project and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The event will take place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, 10901 Old Culter Rd., Miami.
The next event will be on April 27, at 10:50 a.m. Friday where students from Aransas County and Port Aransas County Independent School Districts in Texas will speak to Feustel and Tingle. The event will take place at Rockport-Fulton High School Library, 1801 Omohundro St., Rockport, Texas.
Apart from this educational event, the station astronauts will participate in events with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and a Baltimore television station during the week.
From 8:10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai will talk with participants at the 2018 Tenku Mirai Project in Tokyo. Then from 9:10 a.m. Friday, April 27, Arnold, and Kanai will be interviewed by WBFF-TV Fox 45 of Baltimore. All events will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.