Students from Highland Village, Texas, will speak with a NASA astronaut living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 1:10 p.m. EST Feb. 14.
The 20 minute Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
The students will travel to Briarhill Middle School for the call to Expedition 54 astronaut Joe Acaba aboard the space station, posing questions about life aboard the space station, NASA’s deep space exploration plans and doing science in space.
Acaba arrived at the space station Sept. 12 on his third space mission and is scheduled to return to Earth later this month.
Students have been preparing for this downlink by studying the solar system, universe, gravitational effects on plants and animals, plotting space station coordinates, calculating distances to various planets, planning what to pack for a journey to Mars using surface and volume formulas and using ratios and proportions to paint a life size version of the International Space Station on their football field. About 1,000 students and teachers are expected to be at Briarhill for the downlink.
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). This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of NASA’s Year of Education on Station, which provides extensive space station-related resources and opportunities to students and educators.