We Talked to NASA

21 Jun

I know I have been out of school for a week now so this post is a little late in coming but still totally worth it.

For the past few months I have been communicating with some of the staff at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to put together a video conference for our students.  It was a considerable amount of work, but well worth it.

On the screen is Mr. Michael Coats.  He is the director, the head guy, at JSC and the reason we got to do this conference – he grew up in Riverside and is an alumni of the Jr. High school I teach at!

The students were able to ask him questions and he would answer them directly.  This kid wanted to know “what the effect of zero-gravity has on the human body.” 

That came from an 8th grader….. I know!

The students were great.  Between all the science teachers we picked about 50 kids we knew would be interested and made this happen!  My principal and a few people from the district even stopped by!

I even learned so much!  Did you know that they make astronauts who work on the International Space Station work out for 2 hours a day?  Otherwise, their muscles would atrophy because they basically don’t use them in space.

Did you also know that astonauts have a special sleeping bag that only has a hole for their head, and they hook themselves to the wall when they sleep so they don’t float all around the ship?

Did you know that you have to be scuba certified to be an astronaut?  Astronauts train in the world’s largest swimming pool (so they can get used to working with zero gravity)  at the JSC facility and so they need to know how to scuba.  We got to see live video of them training under water and working on the equipment.  It was awesome!

Definately one of the highlights of my career.

One Response to “We Talked to NASA”

  1. Lori Jo June 21, 2010 at 6:13 p06 #

    so cool! totally awesome 😀

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