Students Communicate with International Space Station

A group of Langley Middle Schoolers attended the NASA Downlink program hosted by the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science on September 18. During the event, students were able to communicate directly with Dr. Serena Aunon-Chancellor, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. She spent time answering questions from participants, while also demonstrating how those aboard the space station eat, drink, and keep themselves clean. Dr. Aunon-Chancellor reinforced the need to develop critical-thinking skills, flexibility, innovative thought, and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Students also had the opportunity to meet and take part in a Q&A session with Dr. Charles Camarda, a former astronaut who was aboard the STS-114 Discovery mission in 2005.

"I learned so much about space and about our future," said seventh-grader Annamaria T. "In all, this experience made me think about our future and opportunities with space."

Click here to view a video of the NASA Downlink on YouTube.