MANSFIELD — Some students in the Mansfield ISD got the chance of a lifetime on Tuesday.
The crew of Expedition 30 aboard the International Space Station fielded questions from youngsters at Asa Low Intermediate School via satellite.
Students lined the auditorium stage to get answers from the astronauts about everything from health to what a normal work day is like.
Sixth-grader Patrick Wickstrom said he asked the astronauts: “Do you sweat in space? If you do, does it float?”
Fifth-grader Alexis Facundo asked what the astronauts got to take with them into space. “I would have thought they would bring something close to them,” she said.
For the students it was a chance to learn about NASA and the 100-plus science experiments the astronauts are conducting at the space station.
Teacher Patricia Londono said the question-and-answer session is an important learning tool. “The next thing is the Orion, and we really need to get our kids inspired and interested in this so they can come up with those things that are going to go to Mars and Saturn, further into space,” she said.
It’s a lesson that has left a lasting impression with these students.
“It was really exciting, I was astounded.” Alexis said.
“This is basically a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and you can never ever do it again,” Patrick added.
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3. Una prueba más de la creciente comercialización del sector espacial será el primer vuelo suborbital de la nave SpaceShipTwo con turistas a bordo. La empresa Virgin Galactic cobrará a cada pretendiente 200.000 dólares por un vuelo de dos horas y media, incluidos cinco minutos de ingravidez.
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This interactive timeline of Kennedy’s short trip to Dallas is driven by a database of events, people and organizations. To explore the day of the assassination and the three days following, click any point on the timeline and a window will open with more information. Sources: Dallas Morning News archives; WFAA-TV.
Charles Roberts, a Newsweek correspondent covering the presidential party, watches as Kennedy enters the back seat of his convertible limousine. Mrs. Kennedy sits beside her husband. Secret Service agent Bill Greer is driving; agent Roy Kellerman sits beside him. Gov. John Connally and his wife, Nellie, take the jump seats. The other cars in the entourage fall in behind for the motorcade that will take them through downtown Dallas en route to the Trade Mart, where Kennedy is to deliver a luncheon address.
Roberts: ”He (Kennedy) had inquired about the weather that morning and decided that they would not have the top on it (the limousine). They had a choice of three tops: a fabric top – a fabric top, of course, would have obscured him from the public; and the plastic top, which the Secret Service had told me would deflect a bullet, but would not stop it; and then a metal top.”
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy remains a defining moment in the history of the United States.
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