By TONY VINDELL
Special to the NEWS
RIO HONDO—A group of Rio Hondo Independent School District students’ ambitions of reaching the stars have paid off. Although the 2022-2023 school year is now over, their link with the International Space Station is probably going to motivate them to keep aiming high.
The students participated in what is known as a “Watch Party”. The students heard astronauts answer questions live for 20 minutes from the Station.
Melissa Moreno, a seventh grader, asked NASA astronaut Frank Rubio about the most interesting thing he has seen in space, while third-grader Dominic Adame wanted to know what cool things they can do with water up there.
Rubio then demonstrated how water behaves in space as he held a glass with the liquid as it floated in such a low gravity environment. As to Moreno’s question, Rubio said the earth and its colors are incredible, especially the blue of the ocean.
The session, held in the middle of May, provided the students the unique opportunity to get in touch with Rubio, who is a NASA astronaut and flight engine.
The live session was part of a collaborative program led by the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Latino and NASA.
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