Warwick schoolgirls questioned a NASA astronaut about space travel – all while floating in the International Space Station (ISS) above the earth.
High-school students of King Warwick and the Warwick Prepartory School talked to astronaut Ricky Arnold April 19 today in a special gathering where the school is connected to the ISS from their hangar.
The connection was made possible by the hard work of 16-year-old student Eleanor Griffin, who joined ARISS Europe last year, a radio society that people helps, has applied Speak to the ISS to speak with an astronaut in space.
Her application was accepted, which Eleanor said "quite shocked". It was ARISS 'first ever application, run by a student and not by staff.
She was the first to speak to Ricky, confessing that the nerves occurred about five minutes before the compound was made.
Eleanor added, "I was really scared, I do not mind talking to people who speak in public, on the radio or on TV, but talking to people in outer space is something completely different." [Duringtheten-minuteconnectionthestudentsaskedRickyWwwdlrde/de/desktopdefaultaspx/t0_read-3128/QuestionssuchasdealingwiththelackofgravitytheweatheronMarsandthemostbeautifulparttheearthfromspace
And despite some technical difficulties, Ricky was able to answer several questions. ARISS engineers maintain the radio link.
After the connection, Eleanor said, "It went really well, we did not expect to be able to ask so many questions."
"Getting so many before we lost contact was really, really good
This was the culmination of several projects of the two schools
The high school students of King & # 39; s had set up an amateur radio club to understand how communication with astronauts in space works while the students of Warwick Prepartory Building Mars Rover Models and Creating Descriptive Stories About the Red Planet Richard Nicholson said such opportunities are very important in encouraging girls to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
He said, "We know that there are far too few girls and women in science careers. These memories are the kind of things that arouse the ambition.
"We just want the girls to find the things that kindle and really inspire their fire."
"I thought today would be awesome. The ARISS team was always concerned about how well and how clear the connection to the ISS would be, but they were simply the most amazing and remarkable team. It was great. "
Eleanor also has a MINT career in her sights, hoping to go into engineering, and she also revealed that ARISS had encouraged her to study space technology at the University of Surrey.