Davenport students to chat with Space Station

Published On: Jan 24 2013 06:56:10 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 06:56:00 AM CST
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

About 250 students from Davenport and nearby Illinois schools have an appointment to talk with astronauts on board the International Space Station on Friday.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. for students gathered at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport.

Participating students are from North High School, Smart Middle School and Buffalo Elementary in Davenport. In addition students from elementary schools in Rock Island and Moline in Illinois are invited.

Their conversation with astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

NASA works with educational organizations in the United States to improve teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics using the unique environment of space and the human spaceflight program.