NASA astronaut stationed aboard International Space Station to answer questions from Maine students

NASA has announced that students from Maine had the opportunity to speak live with NASA astronaut Jessica Meier, currently aboard the International Space Station, the agency said.

NASA astronaut Meir will answer questions from students in grades 3-12 from Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit #39. Meir, who is an alumna of the regional school unit´s Caribou High School, listed her future plans in her graduating year book.

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 (TDRS).

For nearly 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and work 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 and then on to Mars. Inspiring the next generation of explorers — the Artemis Generation — ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.