LIVE: Ask an astronaut
Filed by KOSU News in Public Insight Network.
April 27, 2013
Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Do you know what steps to take to make that dream a reality? Join us as we welcome an aspiring astronaut and her professional astronaut mentor to see how each of them got to where they are today, and where the future might bring them.
Today, beginning at 1 p.m. CDT, we’re hosting a Google Hangout featuring Astronaut Abby – a 15-year-old high school student in Minneapolis, Minn. who has her sights set on being the first person to walk on Mars – and her mentor, Italian European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano – one of the three astronauts traveling to the International Space Station on May 28.
This should be a very exciting chat. Luca will soon be blasting off on his first space mission, six months at the ISS. And Abby will be at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to watch the launch as Luca’s guest.
You have three options to send us your questions to Abby, Luca or both: Fill out this query we have written; send questions via Twitter using the hashtag #ScienceNight; or join us live and ask your question there!
Meet our astronauts
- Abigail “Astronaut Abby” Harrison is a 15-year-old high school student in Minneapolis, Minn. who has her sights set on being the first astronaut to land on Mars. Since she was in fifth grade, she has been fascinated with space and flying, and has participated in a number of programs designed specifically for those interested in engineering, mathematics and science. Along with her passion for school and science, she participates with her high school’s gymnastics team. She is currently working toward her goal of attending the Air Force Academy for college.
- Luca Parmitano is an Italian astronaut for the European Space Agency (ESA). Parmitano is a pilot for the Italian Air Force who has logged more than 2,000 hours of flying time, is qualified on more than 20 types of military airplanes and helicopters and has flown more than 40 different kinds of aircraft. He was chosen to be an ESA astronaut in 2009 and is currently participating in astronaut training in Russia. He will be travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 28 for his first trip to outer space. He will board the Soyuz TMA-09M and make the journey to the ISS, where he will remain for six months before returning to Earth.
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