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Brownsville Students to Connect with Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Students will be able to directly ask about life in outer space

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Brownsville, TX (2021) – Students from Brownsville, Texas will have an opportunity to interact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station via a question-and-answer session. The Earth-to-space call will air live between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 11 on NASA TV, the NASA app, and on the agency’s website.

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will answer prerecorded questions from students LIVE from 9:15 – 9:35 AM CDT on Tuesday, May 11. The 20-minute Space Station downlink will be streamed live on NASA Television, NASA LIVE, and the NASA smartphone app. The downlink is part of a larger event hosted by BISD and broadcast on local partner media. Featured speakers include retired NASA astronaut Colonel Michael Fossum, former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Johnson Space Center HR Director Lupita Armendáriz, Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez, and more.

The event will be held virtually. Media interests should contact Felipe Peña at 469-337-7522 or at felipe@cmofbrownsville.com

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the Space Station provides a unique and authentic experience designated 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 more than 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, with eventual human exploration of Mars. Inspiring the next generation of explorers – the Artemis Generation – ensures that America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.

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See videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station at:
https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations

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