Live from the International Space Station

The stepatorium in the Student Innovation Center

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Live on the jumbotron, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough (l) and Megan McArthur answered pre-recorded questions from 20 Iowa youth during a NASA TV downlink Monday in the stepatorium area of the Student Innovation Center. Kimbrough and McArthur arrived at the International Space Station in late April, part of its Expedition 65, and have been in orbit 200+ miles above the earth ever since.

The chance to pose questions to astronauts was a follow-up exercise for youth who attended Astro Camps ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H hosted this summer across the state; the local audience Monday was Iowa State students and faculty. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium, of which Iowa State is a member, helped secure the downlink for a campus audience.