NASA hosts college students to discuss future of space exploration


NASA hosts college students to discuss future of space exploration

Press release
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019

NASA is giving university students an opportunity to interact with the agency's leadership, including NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, as well as astronauts outside the International Space Station, during a live event at 2 pm EDT Monday, April 29, at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

The event, which will inspire the next generation of qualified STEM explorers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. It will also stream live on Facebook and Twitter. Viewers can submit questions during the event using the #askNASA hashtag.

Participants at NASA headquarters include:

  • Administrator Bridenstine
  • Associate Administrator for the Exploration and Human Operations Mission Board of Directors Willliam Gerstenmaier
  • Associate Administrator of the Scientific Mission Directory Thomas Zurbuchen

In addition, students will be able to ask questions during a live Earth call into space with NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague, currently serving as part of the Expedition 59 crew aboard the International Space Station.

As NASA plans a return of the American astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and eventually going to Mars, the agency is looking to the next generation of STEM explorers to help achieve its goals. From now on, the Moon will create new economic opportunities, a sustainable exploration campaign and a base to go to Mars.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Katherine Brown at [email protected] or 202-358-1288 until noon, Thursday, April 25. Media interested in how the local Universities and Colleges of the Space Concession Program are participating in the event should contact Colleen Fava at [email protected] or Susie Johnson at susiej @ uidaho @ edu.

The event is hosted by NASA's STEM Engagement Office. Partners for the event include the Space Grant Consortium, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Students for Space Exploration and Development.

For more information on NASA STEM involvement, visit:


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