NASA has announced Maryland and Washington, DC students had an opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, the agency said.
NASA astronaut Drew Morgan answered questions from students at his alma mater, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as Washington Episcopal School and Washington School for Girls in the District of Columbia.
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. Astronauts 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).
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.