Students at New Prospect Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia, will speak with the NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 10:50 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 23. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Twenty Georgia elementary school students will be invited to ask Randy Bresnik, Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei questions about living in space aboard the space station, NASA’s deep space exploration plans, or any other topic that interests the students.

This is the second mission to the International Space Station for Expedition 53 commander Bresnik, who launched to the space station on July 28 and is scheduled to return to Earth in December. Acaba and Vande Hei arrived at the space station Sept. 12. It’s the third mission to space for Acaba and the first for Vande Hei.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Donna Lowry or Susan Hale at

470-254-6830 or via email New Prospect Elementary School is at 3055 Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta.

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of NASA’s Year of Education on Station which provides extensive space station-related resources and opportunities to students and educators.

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