Colorado Students To Speak With Astronauts On Space Station

NASA Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor calibrates the Bone Densometer aboard the International Space Station on August 27. The machine measures bone loss in mice during space flight. Aunon-Chancellor will speak with high school students from her alma mater in Colorado next week. Image Credit: NASA

September 7, 2018 – High school students in Fort Collins, Colorado, will talk live with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station. Wednesday, September 12, as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 9:15 a.m. MDT.

Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor will answer questions from students at her alma mater, Poudre High School. These students are enrolled in various levels of physical science classes, and the school plans to use the downlink as a culminating activity for a unit on experimental design.

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Media interested in covering the event must contact Matt Benson at 970-488-6132 or mbenson@psdschools.org. The event will be held in the school’s auditorium at 201 Impala Dr.

Space fans have a second opportunity next week to see what’s happening in space when NASA astronaut Drew Feustel talks to ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff at 8:20 a.m. MDT Tuesday, September 11. This conversation also will air on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

Astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).