Students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica will be able to hear from astronauts about their experiences on the International Space Station during a live teleconference Thursday, Nov. 15.
The school was selected because some of its students, who were in eighth grade at Lincoln Middle last year and are now at Santa Monica High School, had their science experiment involving silly putty chosen to be recreated on the space station.
Santa Monica is one of a number of communities nationwide that will take part in the teleconference, which will take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP).
The national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education initiative enables students like those in Santa Monica to design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit.
SSEP is hosting the live video conference from the National Air and Space Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth gallery, where it will connect up to 25 venues across the U.S. and Canada.
As a community venue, Lincoln Middle will receive a live video and audio feed from the gallery, where invited guests will be presenting, including Astronaut Leland Melvin, and other experts and dignitaries on education, human space flight and space science.
For 20 minutes, the Smithsonian will patch NASA’s live video and audio from the International Space Station into the gallery and to all community venues. The viewers will be able to see and hear astronauts Kevin Ford and Sunita Williams live.
The Lincoln students will have the opportunity to ask the astronauts one question during the chat. Their live audio and video feed will then be patched to the gallery and to all other community venues.
The program, in addition to being a video conference, will also be webcast by the National Air and Space Museum and NASA TV, allowing audiences across the nation and internationally to view the entire event. Information, www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html.

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