NASA Astronaut to Speak to Texas Students on the Space Station

On Friday, March 8, the Advanced Learning Academy students in San Antonio, Texas, and the San Antonio River Authority will have the chance to hear from NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara who is now stationed at the International Space Station.

On March 8, at 12:30 p.m. EST, the space to Earth call will be broadcast live on NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, and the organization’s website.

Students and their families will take part in a star party organised by the San Antonio Astronomical Association in advance of the event. Numerous astronomy, astronautics, and space technology-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects are being worked on by students, and on the day of the event, they will be on display at Advanced Learning Academy. Hands-on STEM activities for K–12 children will be facilitated by the River Authority and academy in collaboration with event partners, the Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas, Southwest Research Institute, and Scobee Education Centre at San Antonio College. Furthermore, an education downlink viewing party will be hosted by over fifty school groups and partners, representing four Texas counties under the River Authority’s jurisdiction: Beneath, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad.

Astronauts have lived and worked continuously on the space station for almost 23 years, doing science, testing technologies, and honing the skills necessary for exploration of areas beyond Earth. Through the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Near Space Network, astronauts residing aboard the orbiting laboratory maintain round-the-clock communication with NASA’s Mission Control Centre located in Houston.

The International Space Station is home to significant technological and research projects that benefit people on Earth and set the stage for further exploration. NASA plans to deploy astronauts to the Moon as part of Artemis in order to get ready for eventual human exploration of Mars. America will remain at the forefront of space exploration and discovery as long as it continues to inspire the Artemis Generation of explorers.

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