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NASA astronauts prepare to answer Osage students' questions from orbit

The International Space Station with part of the Earth visible in the background.
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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will speak with Osage students on Wednesday.

Astronauts will speak live from space with Osage students on Wednesday. The name of the event, π“»π“£Ν˜π“€π“˜π“»π“£Ν˜ π“˜π“¬π“˜ π“¨π“£Ν˜π“₯π“˜π“€β€™π“Ÿ π“ͺπ“₯π“£Ν˜π“Ÿ π“˜π“¬π“™, translates to "the children are talking to the stars.”

The children are from π“ˆπ’°π“„π“‚π“†π’Όπ’° π’°βŒƒπ’Όπ“‚π“ˆπ’°π“¬π’» (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.

Graycen Wheeler is a reporter covering water issues at KOSU as a corps member with Report for America.
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