NASA astronaut aboard International Space Station speaks to Frederick community


Frederick Community College (FCC) hosted a live video question-and-answer with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Residents in the Frederick community packed inside the JBK Theater to watch a live video with NASA Astronaut, Christina Koch.

“It is inspiring to listen to,” said Dean of Arts and Science, Brian Stipelman. “It is what they are doing up there is such an amazing accomplishment to. Just hear somebody talk about it who is so passionate it about and so enthusiastic about it. It is hard not to get worked up and excited about it.”

Koch is a part of the Expedition 59 and 60 crew that launched to the International Space Station in March 2019.

Two FCC students were asking questions to Koch, including first-year student, Dee Dee Johnson, who happens to be Koch’s sister.

Questions ranged from every day life in space to the crew’s mission. Time was extended during the interview and several children in the audience were able to ask Koch questions.

“Around me, you can see a lot of science equipment and one of the neatest pieces of equipment is right behind me. It is an air lock that we can use to put science experiments out into the back of space outside of the space station,” said Koch as she explained to people what room she was in.

Koch was selected in June 2013 to be a part of the eight member crew of the 21st NASA astronaut class.

“I am just happy that the kids, who are interested in being astronauts and interested in the space program, could have this experience,” said Johnson.

Koch is scheduled to remain on the International Space Station until February 2020, which would be the longest single space flight ever completed by a woman.

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