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Astronauts to Chat From Space With Middle Schoolers

Amid all the recent talk among STEM advocates about getting young people more excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, here's a great example of the idea in action. Tomorrow, astronauts in orbit on the International Space Station will communicate directly with students at two middle schools about what it's like to live and work in space.

Students from the two District of Columbia public schools will gather at the U.S. Department of Education to speak with astronauts Scott Kelly, Shannon Walker, and Doug Wheelock, the space station's commander. On hand to join the students will be Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and NASA's associate administrator for education, Leland Melvin.

The event, which runs from 11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Eastern time, will be carried live on NASA Television and on NASA's website.

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