Fifth Graders to Communicate with International Space Station Commander

On Tuesday, December 15th, a select group of fifth graders in Connecticut will have the opportunity to speak with International Space Station commander Jeff Williams as he orbits two hundred miles above the Earth’s surface. Williams, who has been in orbit aboard the International Space Station since October 2nd, will answer students’ questions on various issues including the importance of water recycling aboard the space station as well as the effects of the space environment on the painted lady butterflies that were recently brought into aboard the shuttle Atlantis. In their classrooms, students have been preparing for this moment by identifying the challenges that need to be overcome in order for people to be able to live and work in space.

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