Robinson Joins NASA Downlink from ISS

Robinson Rangers Join NASA In-Flight Downlink from ISS
Posted on 05/28/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Robinson Rangers Join NASA In-Flight Downlink from ISSRobinson Elementary is closing out the school year in a way students will not soon forget. On May 26, 2021, the Rangers had the unique opportunity to pose questions to Astronaut Megan McArthur, Pilot of the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission and currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Click here for a photo gallery of the NASA Education In-Flight Downlink with Robinson Elementary.

Through NASA STEM on Station, the agency provides opportunities for students and educators to interact with astronauts aboard the ISS during live question and answer sessions.

Robinson space fans gathered in their respective classrooms to participate in the Education In-Flight downlink, listening intently as Astronaut McArthur answered more than 20 questions Robinson students had posed.

Quinn BrightQuestions like, “Why do Astronauts wear space suits?” asked by Kindergartner Quinn Bright, pictured here  with McArthur. McArthur explained that astronauts need to be protected from the environment of space. “On earth we have an atmosphere that we can breath and is the right pressure for us to survive,” said McArthur. “When we take our capsule into space we bring that atmosphere with us inside our spaceship. The space suits also keep us safe, when needed, with air to breath and the right pressure for our bodies.”

Students learning remotely through the District’s virtual school, Clear Connections, were also plugged into the downlink. Clear Connections first grader Penelope Hancock had the opportunity to ask McArthur what her favorite views from space were. McArthur answered that in addition to the beautiful planet, oceans and cloud formations, “I love to look back and it makes me think of all the people that I love who are back home.”

The Q&A session eventually shifted back to Earth as McArthur’s husband and NASA Astronaut Bob Behnken, pictured at right, took over for the final few student questions from the Robinson Elementary library.

Brian A recording of the entire Education In-Flight Downlink with Robinson Elementary can be viewed here.

Few districts in the country can claim that their school family has been so well represented on the International Space Station simultaneously. Out of 11 astronauts aboard the ISS, six have close ties to the Clear Creek Independent School District: Ferguson Elementary parent and Astronaut Shannon Walker is the first female to command the ISS; Astronaut Megan McArthur is a Robinson Elementary parent; Astronaut Shane Kimbrough is a former Clear Lake High School parent; Astronaut Victor Glover is a Clear Springs High School parent; Astronaut Mark Vande Hei is married to a CCISD team member; and JAXA Astronaut Akithiko Hoshide is a parent at Brookside Intermediate.
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