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International Space Station live Q&A – MIT to participate


A live Q&A session is being held on the International Space Station (ISS) on May 10 with astronomers taking questions from students.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students will participate in the Q&A session with an alumnus astronaut – NASA astronaut Jack Fischer – aboard the ISS. Fischer received his master’s in aerospace engineering from MIT in 1998. The astronaut will be taking questions from the students via video at 12:40 p.m. EDT. The session will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Fischer is a part of the Expedition 51/52 crew that launched to the International Space Station in April.

The live Q&A session is sponsored by the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. MIT alumni have been represented in the astronaut ranks since the earliest days of the space program. Four of the astronauts who walked on the moon held degrees from MIT. The video call offers a real-time opportunity for aspiring young aerospace engineers to pose questions about living, working and researching in space to an alumnus who is doing just that.

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 mathematics (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.