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The students of Montana and Vermont will talk with astronauts on International Space Station

The students from Vermont and Montana have got the chance to talk with the astronauts present on the International Space Station. Lucky Montana, Vermont students will talk with the NASA astronauts aboard ISS next week as a part of the US space agency’s Year of Education on Station.

During their interaction with the students, NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Scott Tingle will share information about life aboard the space station and the deep space exploration plans of NASA. They will also talk with students about how scientific experiments are done inside the space station. Mainly, the Expedition 55 astronauts will share their experience of living, working and researching aboard the ISS.

The astronaut-student interaction will take place for two days. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space calls will be aired live on NASA Television as well as on its website. On May 1, At 11:55 a.m. EDT, the students from Laurel Public School in Laurel, Montana, will start interacting with ISS astronaut Drew Fuestel. The event will take place at 203 East 8th St., Laurel, Montana. Then, on May 2, Wednesday, at a 12:20 p.m., the Champlain Valley School District students in Hinesburg, Vermont, will talk with both the ISS astronauts Fuestel and Tingle.

The event will take place at Charlotte Central School 408 Hinesburg Rd., Charlotte, Vermont. The students are part of a NASA program named High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware. The program has used Montana’s strong aviation and technology background to build a relationship with the International Space Station for 13 years. The media persons interested to attend the event on May 1 need to contact Dr. Linda at linda_filpula@laurel.k12.mt.us or 406-628-3356 and for the second event, they need to contact Jen Roth at jroth@cvsdvt.org or 802-425-277.

NASA thinks that linking students and teachers directly to astronauts aboard ISS gives them unique and authentic experience which further enhances the learning n performance and interest of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This student-astronaut interaction is a very vital component of NASA’s Year of Education on Station.

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