BANGOR — NASA astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Jessica Meir will respond live to questions recorded and submitted by students from across the state of Maine. Cassidy and Meir, who both have hometowns in Maine, will be on the International Space Station together for eight days. The Earth-to-space call will air live at 1:20-1:40 p.m. Monday, April 13 on NASA television and the agency’s website.
The downlink event is coordinated by the Challenger Learning Center of Maine and Maine Space Grant Consortium.
“For Challenger’s part of the downlink, we have been so excited to collect questions from Challenger mission schools & students. Though Challenger is in Bangor, we serve students from all corners of the state,” stated Kirsten Hibbard, executive director. “Challenger begins every mission simulation referencing Jessica and Chris’s small town beginnings, their different career paths, and their different missions as NASA astronauts. We want all Maine students to know that their geographic location does not limit their career potential. Helping host a downlink with two extraordinary Maine astronauts will be an amazing opportunity for Maine students, teachers and citizens to access positive youth programming.”
Using space exploration as a theme and mission simulations as a vehicle, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students’ expectations of success. This fosters a long-term interest in STEM, and inspires students to pursue studies and careers in these areas.
The Challenger Learning Center is located at 30 Venture Way in Bangor, and may be reached by calling 207-990-2900 or logging onto astronaut.org.