Interview an astronaut in space? Yes, we have the technology!

Over the few months, I have had the privilege of helping coordinate a telebridge contact between Northridge Elementary School, University of Colorado-Boulder’s Amateur Radio Club, and the International Space Station. This unique opportunity is provided to schools and organizations around the world through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) organization.

In order to prepare for the contact, University of Colorado students visited our school to teach weekly hands-on science lessons related to life in space or radio technology. On the day of the event, students met Jim Voss, retired United States Army Colonel and NASA astronaut, who is now a Scholar in Residence at CU-Boulder. We also toured CU’s new Smead Aerospace Building.

Our contact with Astronaut Nick Hauge lasted about fifteen minutes. Students asked Hauge questions about day-to-day life in space, the impact of space on the body, and preparation for his journey.

Listen to the full recording of our contact

How many fourth graders can say that they’ve talked to an astronaut in space?!
What an amazing opportunity for our students!

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