NewsEducationK-12 / April 29, 2014

Students Get A Call From Outer Space

Jill Sheridan
Students Get A Call From Outer Space

Indianapolis students got a phone call from outer space Tuesday as part of a national NASA awareness and education campaign showcasing the space station. The experience at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis connects middle-school students with three flight engineers aboard the International Space Station.

Former NASA astronaut and Indianapolis native Dr. David Wolf facilitated the event that allowed kids to ask the astronauts a variety of questions.  Wolf, whom the museum refers to as its “Extraordinary Scientist in Residence”, is working there to help develop a new space station exhibit. 

Kids were chosen to talk to the astronauts after submitting questions, such as:
Do you have any free time?
How long does it take to change into a space suit?
How are you able to stay connected at home?

The ISS is orbiting the Earth at about 18,000 miles an hour, and it’s been continuously occupied for nearly 14 years.

Tuesday’s presentation was part of NASA’s Destination Space program, which is focused on connecting the public, especially the younger generation, to the efforts aboard the world’s largest habitable satellite.