Students taking part in Space Station Explorers STEM programs nationwide will be asking NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy questions this week. Chris is aboard the International Space Station. The educational downlink event will air live at 12:45 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 7, on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
Cassidy will address pre-recorded queries from children involved in Space Station Explorers STEM activities by NASA’s Space Science Advancement Center, the entity tasked with overseeing the U.S. National Laboratory research on the space station. The company is trying to add value to America, enable a sustainable commercial research market in low-Earth orbit, and to engage and inspire the next generation of explorers.
The Earth-to-Space call acts as the kick-off to the show Celebrating Station Science, which will link students and educators to 20 years of space station observations and exploration through monthly themes of K-12 STEM tools and NASA explorers, scientists, and engineers’ career paths as they tell their experiences. During the academic year 2020-2021, teachers may use teaching materials, space station experiment data, and various space station assets each month to enthuse Artemis Generation of explorers.
NASA’s Opportunities For Students
Linking students closely with astronauts aboard the space station offers special, immersive opportunities created to improve learning outcomes, performance, and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math. 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).
Astronauts have been living and serving on the space station on a daily basis for almost 20 years, evaluating technologies, doing research and improving the expertise required to venture further from Earth. In 2024 the organization will send astronauts to the Moon under NASA’s Artemis initiative, with potential human exploration of Mars. Captivating the next era of adventurers – the Artemis Generation – ensures that America continues to lead in exploring and discovering space.
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