NASA astronauts Victor Glover and Kate Rubins were live on Good Day LA Thursday morning from the International Space Station (ISS).
"Houston, this is the International Space Station, we are ready for the event," Glover said as he was connected with GDLA anchor Michaela Pereira through Mission Control Houston.
"It's wonderful to talk to you guys and it's been such an incredible mission scientifically. One thing we're actually working on right now is actually some nematodes -- they're worms -- that either have the muscular dystrophy genes or don't and we're looking at how their mechanosensing and neurosensing changes during space flight with microscopy. It's been fascinating. We can see it on the high-definition microscope up here," explained Rubins.
The astronauts currently stationed aboard the ISS talked about their experience up in space and answered questions submitted by local students to GDLA.
Victor Glover and Kate Rubins (FOX 11)
Jamie Esquivel, a 5th-grader at Sally Ride Elementary School, asked: How has learning about the Milky Way Galaxy help us here on Earth?
Seventh-grade student Aaliyah Henson-Price from Alexander Fleming Middle School asked: What do you think of the newly discovered heated planet?
The final question was submitted by Maya Henry, a ninth-grader at Girls Academic Leadership Academy: Dr. Michelle King School for STEM, who asked: Do you believe that further exploring space in search of another planet for humans to live on once Earth is beyond salvaging is ethical? How has working at the International Space Station impacted your opinion?
Later in the day, Glover and astronaut Shannon Walker will be answering more questions from K-12 students from seven California school districts, live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. That event will be streamed at 8:35 a.m. PST.
The districts include Pomona Unified, Ontario-Montclair, Chaffey Joint Unified, Claremont Unified, Mountain View Unified, Fontana Unified, and Rialto Unified.
Astronauts have been living on the ISS for over 20 years now, where they have been testing technologies and developing skills to set up the future generation of space adventurers.