Talking to Space

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LARGER-THAN-LIFE — NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy appears in a huge projection as he video chats from his weightless environment on the International Space Station with FHS students gathered for a special assembly on Thursday, May 2. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A chance to talk with an astronaut live at the same time he is serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS) was afforded Fredericksburg High School (FHS) students in a special NASA assembly Thursday, May 2.

An estimated 1,000 high school students gathered to hear Congressman Lamar Smith initiate contact with Astronaut Chris Cassidy, who is aboard the International Space Station and appeared in a video projected on the back wall of the FHS auditorium stage.

“I hope you appreciate the support you have from all of us. You are our hero. We just appreciate everything you are doing for our country,” said Smith, who chairs the Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and who has said he is impressed by FHS teacher Brett Williams’ aerospace program that uses the STEM system to stress science, technology, engineering and math.

Select students in Williams STEM Academy classes lined up to ask Cassidy questions about everything from how he showers aboard the space station to what experiments the astronauts are conducting and more.

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