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NASA Education Downlink

NASA In-Flight Education Downlink
International Space Station, Outer Space National STEM Scholars

On September 13, 2019, the National Stem Cell Foundation hosted a once-in-a-lifetime Earth-to-space call. NASA awarded the National STEM Scholar Program a prestigious In-Flight Education Downlink, a live question-and-answer session with astronauts onboard the International Space Station. Students from National STEM Scholar classrooms across the nation submitted questions, and student representatives from Scholar classrooms in Kentucky posed the questions to astronauts on station during the downlink.

The downlink streamed live globally from Louisville, KY on NASA TV.


Students, teachers, fans of education and space were invited to the Kentucky Science Center (KSC) and Frazier History Museum to be part of this exciting event – with seated large-screen viewing areas at both locations. Multiple hands-on activities, university and industry STEM-focused aerospace exhibits and demonstrations were available at the KSC; the portable planetarium from the Rauch Planetarium at UofL was at the Frazier History Museum.


Free admission to the KSC was made possible by a grant from the Gheens Foundation

Free admission to the Frazier History Museum was made possible by a grant from NSCF

Special thanks to The Gheens Foundation, University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering and PNC Bank for providing generous support.

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