Long Distance Phone Call
By Kasey Richter, Director of PR and Marketing
While aboard the International Space Station, astronaut crews participate in live, in-flight education downlinks. Downlinks are approximately 20 minutes in length and provide students and educators the opportunity to interact with crew members aboard the ISS through a question and answer session.
This past spring, the Museum and the McMinnville School District technology department submitted a proposal to NASA to host an ISS downlink. It was approved in September and confirmed for Jan. 19. The exact time of the downlink will not be confirmed until closer to the event.
Due to limited seating in the Evergreen IMAX 3D Theater, the Museum and MSD hosted a district-wide essay and art contest for K-12 youth to win a chance to attend the ISS downlink in the IMAX Theater, which resulted in approximately 50 winners.
A random selection of these winning entries will be uploaded to this blog leading up to the downlink.
The ISS downlink will also be broadcast on the NASA website and on Channel 11, McMinnville’s community television station. Classrooms and community members can experience the downlink along with the astronauts and students in the IMAX.
The Museum is excited to share this wonderful experience with the McMinnville community and we hope that you enjoy these winning entries as much as we did!