Friday, May 22, 2020


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My son and I had the chance to chat with former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino about the upcoming SpaceX rocket launch and his own experiences in outer space. Mike flew in a number of shuttle flights and participated in space walks to update and repair the Hubble Space Telescope during his NASA career. He will be providing commentary on the Discovery and Science Channel simulcast of the first private company launch American astronauts into space on May 27, 2020.

It was exciting to have a guest lecturer as we homeschool because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mike shared with us insights into what it takes to become an astronaut and the types of things you eat while on a space mission. He also told us about why the SpaceX launch on Wednesday is a big deal.

SPACE LAUNCH LIVE: AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE begins at 2pm ET / 11am PT on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 on Discovery and Science Channel. The live broadcast will feature expert commentary from Mike Massimino as well as active astronauts Jessica Meir and K. Megan McArthur plus an interview with Astronaut Chris Cassidy from the International Space Station (ISS). It will also include live appearances by singer Katy Perry, MythBusters personality Adam Savage, YouTube sensation (and former NASA engineer) Mark Rober and other surprise celebrity guests. The televised event will conclude with the live blastoff of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at approximately 4pm ET / 1pm PT.

If you are going to be home due to the COVID-19 quarantine, tune in to Discovery or Space Channel to see this special broadcast. It is sure to be both educational and entertaining. A nice way to make homeschooling extra ordinary and get an interesting science lesson in for kids.

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