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NASA Astronaut to Call Columbia University Students from International Space Station


Students from Columbia University in New York will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working on the International Space Station at 1:10 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 21. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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Credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra is seen floating during a spacewalk on Dec. 21, 2015, during which he and fellow NASA astronaut Scott Kelly successfully moved the International Space Station’s mobile transporter rail car in preparation for the docking of a cargo supply spacecraft.

Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, who received his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University and the London Business School in 2013, will answer questions from current business administration students. The event will take place at Columbia Business School’s Uris Hall as part of the school’s centennial celebration.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Michelle Zern at mz2492@gsb.columbia.edu. Uris Hall is located at 3022 Broadway.

Expedition 46 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra is seen behind glass in quarantine during a press conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz is scheduled for Dec. 15 and will send Kopra, Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) to the International Space Station for a six-month stay. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)
Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra answers media questions during a pre-mission press conference Dec. 14, 2015 at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Office of Education’s efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station through the NASA Office of Education’s STEM on Station activity provides authentic, live experiences in space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel, while introducing the possibilities of life in space.

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