Students at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh they are going to talk to astronauts present at the International Space Station (ISS), this Thursday (6th), at 11:30 am (Brasília time). The “link” will be transmitted by the channel NASA TV on YouTube and the website of the aerospace agency.
They will participate in the conversation with the students of the Shine-On! astronauts Megan McArthur of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA). The questions answered by them from up there have already been recorded by the students.
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The program grid aims to create resilient and confident girls, teaching media literacy, communication skills and character. The conversation with the astronauts is the highlight of a conference on the scientific learning system for more than 5 students from kindergarten to eighth grade in the state of New York.
For NASA, this connection between students and astronauts on board the ISS offers "unique and authentic experiences, designed to enhance students' learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics".
After all, this week's students and other students talk to astronauts who live in the orbiting laboratory. Space inhabitants communicate with the Mission Control Center in Houston on a daily basis through the Space Network's Data Tracking and Relaying Satellites.
Nasa also wants to inspire the next generation of “explorers”, called Generation Artemis, a name referring to the Artemis Program, which will put humanity back on the Moon's soil and, later, explore Mars.
The ISS has been in orbit for more than 20 years, having been launched in 1998 and occupied since 2000. There, astronauts work by testing technologies, conducting research and developing skills for other space programs.
Currently, the International Space Station is occupied by seven astronauts. In April, the site reached maximum capacity, with 11 people on board, as the members of Crew-2 arrived and the return of the Crew-1 crew to Earth was delayed for a few days due to the bad weather at the landing site. .