WASHINGTON: Students at St. Mary Cathedral School in Gaylord, Michigan, will speak with NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 6. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
Twenty northern Michigan students, grades preschool through high school, will be invited to ask the astronauts questions about living in space aboard the space station, NASA's deep space exploration plans, or any other topic that interests the students.

For Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik, this is his second mission to the International Space Station. Bresnik launched to the space station on July 28 and is expected to return to Earth in December. Joe Acaba arrived at the space station Sept. 12 for his third mission to space. Bresnik and Acaba will participate in three spacewalks this month to service the space station's robotic arm and install new external cameras.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Christie Perdue at 231-409-1214. St. Mary Cathedral School is at 606 N. Ohio Ave. in Gaylord.

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of NASA Education's STEM on Station activity, which provides a variety of space station-related resources and opportunities to students and educators.

(Posted on 10 October 2017, 1675617204 3O239O119O61)