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NASA Astronauts Speak with Ohio Summer Camp Students from Space Station

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly works with the Space Aging investigation.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly works with the Space Aging investigation on the International Space Station. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency investigation uses small roundworms raised in space to compare how cells age in microgravity to how they age on Earth. Understanding the physical changes could lead to treatments to counteract muscle atrophy or osteoporosis on Earth and for astronauts on long space voyages. Credits: NASA
Expedition 44 crew
Expedition 44 Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, top; Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA, center, and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, bottom, wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft for launch, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 EDT (Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Baikonur) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Kononenko, Lindgren, and Yui will spend the next five months aboard the International Space Station. Credits: NASA/A. Gemignani

Summer camp students at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland and students from the city’s MC2 STEM High School will speak with Expedition 44 crew members aboard the International Space Station at 12:35 p.m. EDT Friday, July 31.

The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Media interested in covering the event must contact Sue Allen at 216-696-3823 or The Great Lakes Science Center is located at 601 Erieside Avenue. The time of the call is subject to change depending on real-time operations.

Students will have the opportunity to speak live with NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly. Lindgren arrived on July 23 for his first ever six-month mission aboard the space station. Kelly is four months into a year-long mission. During the mission, Lindgren, Kelly and other crew members will conduct more than 250 science investigations in fields, such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development.

This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Education Office to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel and possibilities of life in space.

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

To learn more about the one year crew and mission, visit:


Sarah Ramsey
Headquarters, Washington
Ashle Harris
Johnson Space Center, Houston