NASA Interns, New Mexico Community, Virginia Students to Call Space Station

NASA interns, visitors at New Mexico’s City of Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility will speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station next week. Each call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center will host a question and answer session between agency interns and NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold at 12:05 p.m. EDT Monday, July 30. Johnson is located at 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston. Media interested in covering the event should contact Frank Prochaska at or 281-483-5111.

The City of Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science in New Mexico will host children and adults for a community discussion with Arnold at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 31. The museum is at 411 North Main St., Las Cruces. Media who wish to cover the downlink should contact Udell Vigil at uvigil@las-cruces.orgor 575-642-5339 or Katie Jenkins at kjenkins@las-cruces.orgor 575-528-4577.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia will host a conversation with NASA astronaut Drew Feustel at 10:25 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. About 140 members of Virginia Space Coast Scholars, high school and undergraduate NASA interns, students from the Virginia Space Flight Academy and the Delmarva Discovery Center will participate from Wallops’ visitor center, Building J20 Route 175, Chincoteague Rd., Wallops Island. Media covering the event should contact Keith Koehler at keith.a.koehler@nasa.govor 757-824-1579.

Linking teachers 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 (STEM). These in-flight education downlinks are an integral component of NASA’s Year of Education on Station, which provides extensive space station-related resources and opportunities to students and educators. Astronauts living in space 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).

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