An ISS astronaut goes to school in the Coastal Empire!

posted by Laura Anderson - 

The students of Liberty County communicated directly with NASA educator-in-space astronaut Ricky Arnold as part of NASA's Year of Education on Station.  The "downlink" was in honor of military families, as well as a way to show school kids that anything is possible if they 'Dare Mighty Things'.  

Another goal of the once-in-a-lifetime connection was to promote the STEM courses - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - and to show how they're used in space research and at the International Space Station.  

This was such a big deal that Congressman Buddy Carter showed-up to talk with the kids and enjoy the experience.  

Click PLAY below to see the earth-to-space Q&A between Liberty County students and astronaut Arnold!  

Thank you to Frank Long Elementary School gifted teacher Becky Busby and NASA for making this happen!

First District Congressman's Buddy Carter seemed thrilled when astronaut Ricky Arnold popped-up on screen for the first time.  The room gasped with awe and wonder.  It was really cool.  After the downlink, Carter shared his thoughts on it with me:

Dare Mighty Things.  That's the message gifted teacher Becky Busby wanted to get across to all of Liberty County's students:

We spoke with teacher Becky Busby, one of a group of 35 teachers who make up the NASA Space Exploration Educator Crew, the morning of the event about how it came to be and more:

Hinesville Chik-fil-A owner/operator Nick Westbrook spoke to the kids about the story of how the restaurant chain came to be and to inspire their educational journeys:

First District Congressman Buddy Carter shared his memories of being a kid amazed by the moon landing and told the students, "Always work hard.  Always study - cause folks, we need ya.  You're our future!"

Finally, astronaut Arnold has a twitter page where he shares magnificent photos and video from space.  I highly recommend you follow it!

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