Watch Local Kids Connect Live With NASA Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor

HPLD, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and NASA@ My Library initiative, was selected by NASA to host a live in-flight Education Downlink from the International Space Station with Colorado’s own NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor.

Nearly 300 kids have been invited to be part of this event which will be streamed live nationally. Schools and public libraries are encouraged to organize their own viewing parties.

This downlink will occur October 18 from 10 to 10:20am. You can view NASA TV livestream below.

What is a Downlink?

In-flight education downlinks are opportunities for students and educators to interact with crewmembers aboard the International Space Station (ISS) through a live question-and-answer session. A downlink:

  • Primarily serves the K-16 education community and is approximately 20 minutes in length.
  • Allows students to hear and see the crewmembers live from space. The crew does not see the audience.
  • Is broadcast live on NASA TV and streamed live on the NASA website at nasa.gov/ntv.
  • Is a large-scale public event.

Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) offices of STEM Engagement and Public Affairs facilitate downlinks which are designed to encourage K-16 students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Here is a previous education downlink between elementary students and astronauts aboard the International Space Station.