NASA astronaut aboard Space Station to speak with New Mexico students

NASA has announced that students from New Mexico will have an opportunity to talk with NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, the agency said.

Meir will answer questions from students at the University of New Mexico and surrounding K-12 schools. The University of New Mexico Biology Department, which has plant samples on the space station for scientific research, and The Children´s Hour radio show are hosting the call.

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 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.

For nearly 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked on the space station, testing technologies, performing science and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth. Through NASA´s Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon by 2024, with eventual human exploration of Mars. Inspiring the next generation of explorers.