Students participating in NASA internships 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 12:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 28, on NASA television and the agencys website.
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy will respond to recorded questions selected from the 520 NASA interns currently teleworking across the agency. The interns are assigned projects that align with their college majors and have the opportunity through their internships to contribute directly to NASAs missions. The broadcast also will include recorded messages from Mike Kincaid and Kris Brown, associate administrator and deputy associate administrator, respectively, for NASAs Office of STEM Engagement.
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 NASAs Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Networks Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).
Through NASAs Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to land on the Moon in 2024, with eventual human exploration of Mars. The next generation of explorers the Artemis Generation ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery. Students can get involved in the agencys newest program by joining one of the Artemis Student Challenges that will test and strengthen their skills for future mission planning and crewed space missions to other worlds.