Briarhill Middle School students in Highland Village speak with NASA astronaut in space

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with a student from Briarhill Middle School.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with a student from Briarhill Middle School.

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Students at Briarhill Middle School on Wednesday spoke with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba who is living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station.

Acaba is currently a part of the Expedition 53/54 crew that launched to the International Space Station in September 2017.

During the 20-minute, Earth-to-space call students posed questions about life aboard the space station, NASA’s deep space exploration plans and doing science in space.

"I think the most interesting part about it was the fact that we got to talk to an astronaut and ask him questions that we came up with," eighth grader Lexi said.

Students had been preparing for this downlink by studying the solar system, universe, gravitational effects on plants and animals, plotting space station coordinates, calculating distances to various planets, planning what to pack for a journey to Mars using surface and volume formulas, and using ratios/proportions to paint a life-size version of the International Space Station on their football field. About 1,000 students and teachers were expected to be at Briarhill for the downlink.

BMS was one out of three schools in Texas that was selected to speak with an astronaut.

Special guests included Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Jane Nelson, Texas House Representatives Tan Parker and Ron Simmons, Highland Village Mayor Charlotte Wilcox, Lewisville ISD trustees and officials from NASA.
By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.


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