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A-G Students Visit With Clay

Ashland-Greenwood astronaut Clay Anderson told students he can't throw quite as tight of a spiral football pass on the International Space Station as he did when quarterbacking the Ashland-Greenwood High School Bluejays when he visited with students on Wednesday, August 29th. Anderson who has visited the school several times since graduating, spoke this time with 8 Ashland-Greenwood students for about 10 minutes from aboard the International Space Station.

Astronaut Anderson made his contact with the school through a short wave radio that is aboard the ISS. The contact was brief as radio contact was only available while the ISS passed overhead of the school but students and Clay used it to their full advantage. From horizon to horizon, Clay answered questions about his health, his family, and his time onboard the station. The questions were written and asked by the students.

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While a few students asked the questions, all the students in the school district listened in on the broadcast over the school public access Channel 98 on the Charter Cable System or by tuning in on the Internet. One classroom erupted into applause has Clay's voice faded away. It was a most unique school assembly and the first one ever where all the students got to listen to the program from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The students participating in the broadcast included Ben Wiese, Gunnar Garner, Serena Rohrbaugh, Andrew Cameron, Sam Crisler, Stefanie Hoffman, Alex DeGarmo and Mollie Sundermeier. The amateur radio club members who assisted with the technical support and provided equipment for the contact included Evan and Matt Anderson of Ashland along with Carl Morones, Jim Shorney and Art Zygielbaum of Lincoln. Mr. Zygielbaum is a retired NASA communications specialist who now lives in Lincoln.

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Now the wait is on to see Clay return home safely and come back once again in person to visit his school. In the meantime students will be participating in many activities about space exploration and learning more about what its like to be an astronaut.

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