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Cache Valley students made live contact with an astronaut in space

Students pose for a picture in the Ridgeline High library
Clayre Scott
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UPR
Students pose for a picture in the Ridgeline High library

Full ARISS contact with Ridgeline livestream:

Transcript:

Astronaut Cassada
India Victor Mike this is NA one SS, how do you hear?

Spencer Dattage (BARC)
Good morning astronaut, you're coming in five nine and full quieting. Good to have you aboard and welcome to Ridgeline High School.

Jackson Hyldahl
My name is Jackson Hyldahl. Today I came here to talk to an astronaut.

Astronaut Cassada
Welcome Ridgeline High to the International Space Station.

Caitlynn Horton
Caitlynn, that's C A I T L Y N N. I'm here to ask one of the questions to the ISS.

Spencer Dattage (BARC)
Standby for your first student. Over.

Emma "Super" Smith
My name is Super Smith, that is actually with they call me. I teach astronomy and physics here at Ridgeline High School. So I first heard about ARISS, very beginning my teaching career about 25 years ago, they told me that you need an enormous amount of equipment and so barque contacted Brittany Foster at the school district.

Brittany Foster
Brittany Foster, I'm the director of secondary teaching and learning for Cache County School District. It's a great way for them to see how real science works.

Astronaut Cassada
We are flying overhead for the next 10 minutes traveling at 17,500 miles an hour.

Jackson Hyldahl
My physics teacher, Mr. Dane Adams, he was just like, Hey, everyone, come fill out this form. Some people are gonna get chosen to speak to some astronauts.

Emma "Super" Smith
That first 30 seconds or so as Barque started a little bit earlier, just so we could get that first contact...

Spencer Dattage (BARC)
Calling the International Space Station, calling the International Space Station.

Emma "Super" Smith
All of a sudden, just being nervous. It's like, oh, I didn't think about what if we don't contact

Spencer Dattage (BARC)
Whiskey Seven in the vector my calling November Alpha One Sierra Sierra. Over.

Emma "Super" Smith
And then when were welcomed aboard the space station. I think the pollen count increased in the room or something because there were tears that I had not expected. And I just was completely overwhelmed, which I had not prepared for. Oh my goodness, this space station is here, Ridgeline communicating with an astronaut above the planet.

Astronaut Cassada
Can't wait to talk to you. Over

Brittany Foster
I thought it went really, really well. And we were able to get through all of the questions that we had prepared.

Jackson Hyldahl
What's the most beautiful view you've ever seen from space?

Astronaut Cassada
Jack, You gotta believe me on this one. There is not a view from up here. That isn't beautiful. I love being up here. But man, I love our planet. And we need to take great care of it and make sure that we cherish it. Over.

Caitlynn Horton
How excited do they feel about the Artemis program and its upcoming missions

Astronaut Cassada
Yeah, that's some pretty cool stuff we've got planned. I'm really excited about it. I hope you guys are too because somebody in that room might have a chance to do it. Over.

Brittany Foster
We could hear everything really clearly. It was very exciting.

Emma "Super" Smith
I especially love our friend from Sky View, Caitlynn Horton.

Caitlynn Horton
I'd been to space camp four different times

Emma "Super" Smith
And just be able to see someone who reminds me of me have this experience at an earlier age. Just, it's just great opportunity.

Caitlynn Horton
I'm actually like interested doing aerospace engineering. I think it's just really cool. Like just the idea of traveling around space in discovering new things.

Astronaut Cassada
I just love physics and the language that the universe speaks.

Emma "Super" Smith
I hope the students are able to talk about this for years and years and years to come.

Jackson Hyldahl
Butterflies in the stomach kind of like the you just won the lottery.

Astronaut Cassada
The way human beings continue to evolve both physically and intellectually, is that when we do amazing things, it's only because of the groups of people who've done amazing things before us.

Emma "Super" Smith
Well, when I was in high school, I talked to an astronaut. What did you do at school today?

Astronaut Cassada
To be a part of an advancing society? That's what keeps me motivated every single day. Over.

A long time lover of NPR and radio reporting, Clayre Scott joined UPR in August of 2021 as the producer of the weekly podcast UnDisciplined. She began reporting in 2022 and now enjoys telling stories through sound and getting weekly texts from her family after hearing her on the radio. Along with her work at UPR, Clayre is attending Utah State University to get her degree in Broadcast Journalism, with time on the side to study Political Science and Art History.