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Siouxland students see outer space with help of technology


Ever wonder what it's like to be in outer space?

Some Siouxland students don't have to wonder anymore.

For astronauts, it was just another day in space.

"You are in a place now where there is no up and down."

But for students, Thursday was anything but ordinary.

"Was there anything you were not prepared for when you first went to space?"

Thanks to webcast technology Ridge View High School students in Holstein, Iowa, along with 23 other schools across the nation, had the opportunity to ask one question for NASA astronauts, a couple of which were aboard the International Space Station.

"Our question was, what do you think of the Students Space Flight Experiments program and how does it help students," said Dana Hustedt, Senior.

Seniors Dana Hustedt and Gretchen Kistenmacher went through that program firsthand.

This summer, they traveled to Washington DC's National Air and Space Museum.

Thursday, they got to see it again.

"It was really cool to see them back there and talk to them and then also get to see the astronauts in space," said Gretchen Kistenmacher, senior.

Questions from other schools included whether there was a "time limit" for astronauts in space, how they avoid space debris, and how life is different in space than on earth.

"Your blood pressure just naturally increases in your head because it doesn't have to pump against gravity anymore."

Astronauts also did some "showing off" too, with tricks you can only on a space ship.

But their main message was universal.

"You can do anything, and just, you're going to have failures along your path, but just take those failures and they'll open new doors for you, and just continue to dream," said Kistenmacher.

Students from OABCIG High School, in nearby Ida Grove, also took part in today's webcast.

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