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Students from various states across the US such as Texas, Minnesota, Ohio will get to hear from astronauts in space.
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur will answer prerecorded video questions on Monday, May 17, at 1:10 pm EDT. They will answer students from across the greater Houston area coordinated by the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States.
The students participating in the questionnaire are from the Aldine, Alief, Fort Bend, Houston, and Stafford school districts, as well as the private Awty International, Etoile Academy, The Honor Roll, and The Village Schools.
While the opening pre-recorded remarks will be offered by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Similarly on Tuesday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m., NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will answer prerecorded video questions from students from Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences in Eagan, Minnesota.
Third graders from Oak Ridge Elementary have been engaged in an in-depth unit of space study in anticipation of the event.
On the following May 19, at 10:40 a.m., Wednesday, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will answer prerecorded video questions. The students from SciAccess, an initiative of Ohio State University’s Department of Astronomy that strives to make astronomy accessible for visually impaired students will be present for the questionnaire. Zenith, a mentorship program for students with visual and hearing impairment who are passionate about space, was created with the efforts of SciAccess and OSU Astronomy.
The program will provide students with unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Astronauts in outer space are constantly in contact with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites.
Astronauts have been continuously living and working in space for more than 20 years. NASA’s Artemis program will return astronauts to the Moon, with eventual human exploration of Mars. Thus ensuring future America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.