Newport News, Williamsburg students speak with astronauts aboard the ISS

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jan 07, 2014

Students in Newport News and Williamsburg have the opportunity to speak with astronauts in orbit aboard the International Space Station this week.

Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA participated in a live video chat, or downlink, at 10:25 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 7, with students and educators from Denbigh High School’s Aviation Academy in Newport News.

The Aviation Academy program is a highly specialized, four-year aviation program for high school students.

At 1:33 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Jan. 8, sixth grade students from Berkeley Middle School in Williamsburg, Va., also will connect with Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins of NASA through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.