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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It was an extraordinary experience for hundreds of students on Wednesday in Coral Gables.
"This is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, how do you hear me?"
"Coral Gables, we have you loud and clear."
A live connection with astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel hovering in the International Space Station was established and streamed on NASA television.
The students were then able to ask the science astronomers' former astronauts how their experiments on Earth help them in outer space.
"It's really an honor to talk to them," said Junior Alejandro Perez, one of only 1
Imagine how cool it was for Yiset Abreu to ask something a bit more personal.
"What food from home do you miss most?" She asked.
"Uh, I miss pizza from home," Fuestal replied.
"I was really excited, but it was also nerve-racking to know, but it's definitely a one-time chance, it was just amazing," said Abreu.
It was all part of "Growing Beyond Earth", a project with students from Miami-Dade County schools doing research and experimentation to determine which edible plants can grow on the space station.
The last series of tests concerns dwarf tomato plants, and students are literally involved in finding out what real earth food the astronauts can feed.
"That's the magic of this project, it's real, NASA does not know answers to these questions, and students are finding those answers for the first time," said Carl Lewis, director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.
By Rielle Creighton