NASA In-flight Education Downlink

Save the Date: Friday, August 9 between 12 – 2 PM EST

Slover Library will be the host site for a live downlink event from the International Space Station on August 9, 2019 during a 20-minute time period when astronauts can communicate live with Earth by sending data through a set of satellites to antennas on the ground. As a part of the International Space Station’s Expedition 60, the connection will be made between 12 – 2 p.m. EST.

We’ve invited 200 young space enthusiasts from schools and youth centers all over Hampton Roads to join us in the 6th floor Community Engagement Room to chat with NASA Astronauts Christina H. Koch and Drew Morgan. These students will read questions submitted from children across the nation for the astronauts to answer live from the International Space Station.


Meet the Astronauts of Expedition 60

 Official astronaut portrait of Christina M. Hammock.  Photo Date: January 10, 2014.  Location: Building 8, Room 183 - Photo Studio.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Christina H. Koch

Christina was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2013. She completed astronaut candidate training in July 2015. Koch, a native of Michigan, graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Physics and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. She is currently a part of the Expedition 59 and 60 crew that launched to the International Space Station in March 2019.


Drew Morgan

Dr. Andrew “Drew” Morgan was selected by NASA in 2013. Dr. Morgan is an emergency physician in the U.S. Army with sub-specialty certification in primary care sports medicine. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Prior to his selection to NASA’s 21st group of astronauts, Dr. Morgan served in elite special operations units worldwide. He is married with four children and considers New Castle, PA his hometown. He is currently assigned to launch on Soyuz 59S in July 2019 and will serve aboard the ISS as a flight engineer for Expedition 60, 61 and 62.

chrisitna koch in iss.jpg

Ask an Astronaut

We’re picking the best questions to ask during the downlink. You can submit your question for a chance to be read live!


Watch Live on NASA TV

Slover Library will have select locations open to the public to watch the live stream and enjoy fun space-themed activities. These are additional viewing locations that are streaming only—attendees are not participating in the live chat. Space will be limited, so reserve your spot early!

The event will also be streamed online at NASA TV—watch anywhere from your computer or phone!

Interested in hosting your own live viewing event?

Tune in to NASA TV to stream live on August 9th.