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International Space Station Crew to Connect Live with Idaho Students

NASA astronauts and Expedition 39 Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, currently orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students and educators at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, May 6, at 11:55 a.m. EDT. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Ellie Rodgers at 208-426-5738 or Boise State University is located at 1910 University Drive in Boise.

Former NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan, who flew on space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-118 mission in 2007 and currently is an educator-in-residence at the university, also will participate in Tuesday’s event, which focuses on living and working in space. 

Educators have been preparing their students for the conversation with the crew by incorporating NASA activities in their classrooms. A group of Boise State students working on this event have dubbed themselves the “Space Broncos” and are working on maintaining a social media site and developing educational demonstrations for Swanson, who has been named a “Professor of Practice” by Boise State, to perform in orbit. 

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series designed to improve teaching and learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

For information about the International Space Station, visit:


Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington
Megan Sumner
Johnson Space Center, Houston