Evansville Day School students talk to Space Station astronaut

Published: Sep. 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A group of Tri-State teachers work to turn their own unbelievable opportunities into one for their students.

After some teachers went to NASA Space Camp, and others took a micro gravity plane ride, one used his connection to help some Evansville Day School students have their own once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Eleven students from 2nd to 12th grades were chosen to ask questions to American astronaut Greg Reid. Reid lives on the International Space Station and has for over 160 days.

The ISS circles earth once every 90 minutes and its satellite signal can be picked up from the Tri-State for about ten minutes.  During that time period, from 9:31 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, the Tri-State Amateur Radio Society (TARS), had antennas set up to capture the signal.

The students who didn't get to go watched from a Skype feed back at the school.

Teachers hope the event inspired those who don't have a strong interest in science.

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