This astronaut aboard the International Space Station chatted live with kids from Hampton Roads

Around 200 students from all over Hampton Roads got a chance to chat with NASA Astronaut Nick Hague via video chat. (Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo)
Around 200 students from all over Hampton Roads got a chance to chat with NASA Astronaut Nick Hague via video chat. (Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo)

NORFOLK — The Slover Library hosted a live downlink event from the International Space station Friday, and around 200 young space enthusiasts from all over Hampton Roads got to chat with an astronaut.

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague is one of six astronauts currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station’s Expedition 60.

Hague spent time talking via video chat with the students who attended the event, answering questions.

Questions were submitted and chosen ahead of time.

Hague got the chance to tell the students about what it feels like to take off from earth in a shuttle, how he talked to his family on earth, what his schedule was like on the space station and how long it would take him to recover after the 203 day mission (45 days of recovery).

Students were able to see Hague drink water in zero gravity and watch him somersault through the air.

Some of the questions submitted came from children across the nation, and around 20,000 students from libraries around the country linked in to the chat through a live stream.

In addition to chatting with the astronaut, students got to hear a bit about NASA’s plans to go back to the moon and what it was like to become an astronaut.

To learn more about International Space Station’s Expedition 60, click here.

To find more things to do at Slover library, click here.

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