Mount Rainier National Park to Host Call for Students With International Space Station


Students from Washington will have an opportunity this week to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station in a call hosted by Mount Rainier National Park.

The Earth-to-space call virtual event will air live at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, on NASA Television, the NASA app and the agency’s website.

NASA astronauts Kayla Barron and Raja Chari will answer pre-recorded video questions from students participating in Mount Rainier National Park’s Education Program. Barron’s hometown is Richland, Washington.

The event, in partnership with Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy in Ashford, Washington, includes activities for students tied to the theme “Connections through Community.” The school, named after the summit peak of Mount Rainier, is the nearest school to the park. Through the long-standing partnership with Mount Rainier National Park’s Education Program, students explore teamwork, adventure, ecosystems and astronomy.

“For more than 21 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked aboard the space station, testing technologies, performing science and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth,” stated a news release from the park.

“Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

See videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station at