Published Tuesday, February 26, 2019

After a competitive proposal review and selection process, Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science was chosen by NASA to host this once-in-a-lifetime Earth-to-Space call from the Boca Raton campus location. 

Space Call
At 1:25 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19th, students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science, as well as local high schools in the South Florida community, had the opportunity to ask Astronaut McClain questions such as “What skills or experiences made you stand out among your peers when applying to be an astronaut?” and “Describe the experience and your actual trip to space. What do you feel emotionally and physically while in the rocket ship?” 

Over 350 guests, comprised of middle, high school, and college students, as well as community and industry members, received a special surprise when Governor Ron DeSantis helped commemorate this special day by joining via Skype to do a welcome message to the audience, prior to the Earth-to-Space Call. Additionally, Dr. Steve Swanson, Retired NASA Astronaut and College alumnus, facilitated a fascinating presentation about his time in space. 

Hosting such a monumental event has truly provided an extraordinary experience. "Our hope is that this unique experience will leave a long-lasting impression and ignite true interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We also hope that the students will see themselves as the next generation to revolutionize and transform the technological landscape of the world," said Stella Batalama, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. 

To watch the full International Space Station Skype call with NASA astronaut Anne McClain, click on the video below.


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