Maplewood Students Take Their Questions Straight to Space

February 22, 2017 07:41 PM

It was an out-of-this-world experience Wednesday for a group of Maplewood Middle School Students, who got a chance to talk with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

The kids came prepared with plenty of questions for Commander Shane Kimbrough.  


One student at John Glenn Middle School asked the astronaut about the importance of teamwork.

Kimbrough said it's critical for all six team members in space to work together. He added that it's also important they properly communicate and work with the thousands of people on the ground at mission control stations around the country. 

The super-cool conversation comes 55 years and two days after John Glenn, the school's namesake, became the first person to orbit the Earth. 

Seventh-grader Leslie asked, "What do you do in your free time, if you have any?"

Said Kimbrough: "We do usually have free time on the weekends. We mostly spend it looking out the window at our beautiful planet and taking a lot of pictures of earth. We also can catch up on email and call our family and friends." 

The project was aimed at inspiring student interest in careers in science, technology and engineering. 


Lindsey Brown

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