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Last Wednesday, students at California's Livermore's Junction Avenue School spoke with three astronauts via an in-flight education downlink from the International Space Station. Photo by Jacqueline McBride/LLNL.

Livermore, Calif., Students Talk to Astronauts in Space

Last Wednesday, students at California's Livermore's Junction Avenue School spoke with three astronauts via an in-flight education downlink from the International Space Station, according to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)-.

The entire school's student body -- from kindergarten to 8th grade -- gathered in two locations to watch the video conference, and a group of students from a range of grade levels prepared 20 questions to ask the three flight engineers of Expedition 31 -- Don Pettit, Joseph Acaba and Andre Kuipers, who appeared on screen from their gravity-free environment aboard the International Space Station.  

Photograph by Jacqueline McBride/LLNL