Two astronauts to answer PR-B student questions
After submitting questions for consideration, students from Pine River-Backus will have the opportunity some time between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, to ask those questions of astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei aboard the International Space Station.
Bresnik and Vande-Hei are part of NASA Expedition 53. PR-B School was selected for an In-Flight Educational Downlink,and students will Skype with the astronauts.
Randy "Komrade" Bresnik was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1989. During his military career, he became an F/A-18 test pilot and was eventually deployed to Kuwait to fly combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A veteran of STS-129, he has also trained as a cave-a-naut with the European Space Agency to test living deep beneath the Earth's surface as well as an aquanaut for NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) 19. Bresnik has been assigned to Expedition 52/53, which launched in July.
Follow on Twitter: Randy Bresnik —NASA JSC Education or International Space Station.
Mark T. Vande Hei was selected by NASA in 2009. From Falls Church, Virginia, Vande Hei earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from St. John's University and a master of science in applied physics from Stanford University.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program and served as a combat engineer. In 1999, he became an assistant professor of physics at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. He is currently assigned to Expedition 53/54, which is planned to launch in September.
Follow on Twitter: Mark Vande Hei —NASA JSC Education or International Space Station.
Students' questions for Bresnik and Vande Hei are due Thursday, Aug. 31. Of the submitted questions, 20 will be selected by the In-Flight Downlink team, though it is possible not all questions will be answered.
PR-B juniors and seniors can also audition to emcee for the event Sept. 8. After the Downlink will be a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math fair in the PR-B Elementary School gym.