Endeavour Astronauts Talk With Tucson Elementary Students
Endeavour space shuttle commander Mark Kelly (left) and Mission Specialist Mike Fincke aboard space shuttle Endeavour talk to students at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz., on May 22, 2011.
The elementary school classmates of a young girl killed in the January shootings in Tucson spoke with astronauts aboard NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour late Sunday to get a glimpse of what life in space is like.
About 400 students from Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz., stayed up late Sunday night (May 22) for the chance to talk to Endeavour shuttle commander Mark Kelly and mission specialist Mike Fincke as the astronauts sailed 216 miles (347 km) above Earth.
The cosmic call was organized by NASA for Kelly, the husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in the Jan. 8 attack that killed six people. Among those killed was 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green, a student at Mesa Verde.