Riversink Elementary Talks to International Space Station

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By: Charlene Cristobal
February 27, 2015

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. -- Students at Riversink Elementary School in Crawfordville had the rare chance to speak with an astronaut at the International Space Station! They spoke to Russian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti; 12 students had the chance to ask her a question. When asked what her most memorable moment was, this is what she said.

"I think the most memorable moment was the launch," said Cristoforetti. "When I was sitting in that rocket, and the engines turned on...and within a few minutes we when from planet earth [sound went out]."

Students were able to make contact with Cristoforetti as the I.S.S. orbited almost 250 miles above the school.

Kyle Barbarino had the chance to ask Cristoforetti two questions. "It's very cool and it's a once in a lifetime chance," said Barbarino. "Not many kids -- only 12 kids got to talk. So, I was very lucky and this is very cool."

Other questions the students asked were, are there laws in space? What do you do when you get sick? And, if you sweat, does it say on you or float away?

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