Thursday, November 30, 2023

Space Center Houston’s international network of educators participating in chat with NASA astronaut on Space Station

Educators from across the nation will have an opportunity next week to talk with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live at 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 6, on NASA Television and the agency’s website

To honor our nation’s educators and in observance of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 4 to 8, NASA astronaut and current space station commander Christopher Cassidy will answer questions recorded by educators from Space Center Houston’s international network of educators and the Space Exploration Educator Crew. NASA astronaut Nick Hague will give opening remarks via a pre-recorded video, and Space Center Houston president and CEO William T. Harris will participate in the question-and-answer session and close the program. Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Linking educators and 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 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 – the Artemis Generation – ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.

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IMAGE: Christopher Cassidy watches a checklist for extravehicular activity float in front of him on Endeavour’s flight deck, STS-127. Courtesy NASA.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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