Earlier this summer, SAC students and our visiting guests in the EDGE (Early Development of General Engineering) program got to talk to with NASA aquanauts via a video uplink.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience was made possible because of Dr. Dan Dimitriu, Coordinator of Engineering at SAC, received an invitation from NASA administrators in the educational activities department.
SAC was among five schools to participate on this call including San Jacinto College in Houston and El Paso Community College. Students from the different colleges took turns asking prepared questions. Students also got a virtual tour of the Aquarius habitat where they got a look at what it is like to live in the underwater habitat.
NEEMO is a NASA analog mission where small groups of aquanauts (including astronauts, engineers and scientists) live aboard the submerged habitat. Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research station, is deployed in the Florida Keys and is submerged about 62 feet under the earth’s surface.
SAC takes every opportunity provided to show our students that engineering is cool, and it can be used in a variety of different ways throughout their lives.
For a high school or college student, talking to an astronaut is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!