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Iowa Elementary School Students Talk to Astronauts

By: WHBF/CBS
By: WHBF/CBS
250 students got to video chat with an astronaut in outer space.

Obama's budget would cancel NASA's Constellation Program, which had sought to send astronauts back to the moon by 2020. NASA released its 2011 budget on Monday, February 1, 2010, saying the International Space Station will be extended likely to 2020 or beyond enabling this vital orbiting laboratory to reach its full potential.

250 students got to video chat with an astronaut in outer space.

Students say they can't believe it.

"It was really cool because I really like space stuff and astronauts and so when I heard that I was able to ask a question I was really excited." One young boy said.

And twelve year old Brady was just one of twenty lucky students who got to chat with two astronauts from the international space station.

Students asked everything from what's life like with no gravity to how do you keep in touch with family and friends back on planet Earth.

A second grader from the Buffalo School says she'll never forget this experience, "It was kind of scary and kind of awesome."

The Putnam was picked by NASA as one of only six places across the country to host the earth to space video call.

"We're only second graders and I'm glad they chose us, it's really fun." One of those with the opportunity commented.

It's all part of NASA’s “Teach through Space” program.

Organizers say it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.


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