Students Speak With Astronaut From International Space Station


Students in Madison are learning what it’s like to be in space. It’s all part of Space Day 2018 at Dakota State University.

It’s not your typical morning for these middle school students and college students at DSU. They had a conversation beamed in from space. 

“We got to ask him some questions and see what he had to answer and learn a little bit about space and what they do out there,” Cade Minnaert said.

Ricky R. Arnold II is an astronaut on the International Space Station. Monday, he shared what it’s like to be in space.

“I’m going to be in space for 197 days, for a little over a half of year, most of us train for two to two and a half years for a half a year mission to the ISS,” astronaut at International Space Station Ricky R. Arnold II said.

“Just a great opportunity, we really glad that our faculty worked hard to put this day together, and to provide the activities for everyone to enjoy,” President of Dakota State University Jose-Marie Griffiths said.

Arnold shared experiences about what they are working on more than 200 miles above the Earth. 

“Frequently what we are doing is comparing what happens up here to what we know to happen on Earth, and to see if there are benefits or detriments to certain things,” Arnold said.

Leaving these students with a better understanding of what happens in space.

“What I thought was the best about being out there, I didn’t know they could have movie nights and play tennis, I thought that was very cool,” Minnaert said.

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