NASA astronauts prepare to answer Osage students' questions from orbit
Astronauts will speak live from space with Osage students on Wednesday. The name of the event, 𐓻𐓣͘𐓤𐓘𐓻𐓣͘ 𐓘𐓬𐓘 𐓨𐓣͘𐓥𐓘𐓤’𐓟 𐓪𐓥𐓣͘𐓟 𐓘𐓬𐓙, translates to "the children are talking to the stars.”
The children are from 𐓈𐒰𐓄𐓂𐓆𐒼𐒰 𐒰⌃𐒼𐓂𐓈𐒰𐓬𐒻 (Daposka Ahnkodapi Elementary), the Osage Nation Language Immersion School in Pawhuska. The stars they’re talking with are NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Among them is Nicole Mann, the first Indigenous woman to represent NASA in space. Mann, a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, joined the crew of the International Space Station in October.
While students and community members gather at the Osage County Fairgrounds, Mann and her crewmates will join the event via live satellite broadcast to answer their questions.
Patrick Martin, the superintendent of the immersion school, said in a press release that students have been gearing up for this event with months of space-related activities, including a rocket launch. Wednesday’s event will also offer science, technology, engineering, art and math activities for kids and other community members.
People who would like to hear the conversation can attend Wednesday’s event at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska or watch via NASA TV.