As part of NASA´s Year of Education on Station, students in Georgia and Washington, D.C., talked live with two NASA astronauts on the International Space Station, the administration said.
These Earth-to-space calls aired on NASA Television and the agency´s website.
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold will answer questions posed by students in grades 4-12 in Liberty County School District in Georgia. More than 12,000 students in the district watched the call on NASA´s website in their classrooms.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, NASA astronaut Serena AuÃ±Ã³n-Chancellor talked with students at her alma mater, The George Washington University (GWU) School of Engineering and Applied Science, six Washington-area elementary and high schools, and the Hanover, Pennsylvania, First Lego League Team.
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 (STEM). 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).