WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students from East Side Middle School in New York will have the opportunity to speak with NASA astronauts on the International Space Station at 9:40 a.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 19 during an event hosted by TIME For Kids.
The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
Space station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren will answer questions from students during the event at the TIME Inc. headquarters. TIME For Kids has been encouraging more than 3.1 million students nationwide to follow along on Kelly's one-year mission in its monthly magazine and online.
Media interested in covering the event should contact Melanie Kletter at firstname.lastname@example.org. TIME Inc. is located at 1271 6th Ave. in New York. The time of the call is subject to change depending on real-time space station operations.
Kelly launched to the station on March 27 as half of the first crew to spend a year on the space station. Lindgren joined him on July 22, and the two astronauts – along with their four crew mates – celebrated this month 15 years of crews living continuously aboard the space station.
Since the first crew arrived in November 2000, space station education activities have reached more than 42 million students from space. This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Education Office's efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station through NASA Education's STEM on Station activity provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel, while introducing them to the possibilities of life in space.
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