Local students make call to International Space Station

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It was an intergalactic day at Edwards Air Force Base Thursday. Hundreds of children had the opportunity to join in on a call to the International Space Station. 

"I got to learn all about space," 8-year-old Chase Chavez from California City said. 

The event was put on at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center as part of Bring Your Child to Work Day. 

Children made a direct call to astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who answered student's questions in the audience. 

"When I grow up I want to be the first person on Mars. Is living on the space station the same as taking a trip to Mars?" one student asked. 

Another student was more concerned about the safety up there in space, asking, "How do you get supply up there? Especially if there is an emergency?"

Some students, like Chase, were even timid to ask their questions. "Talking to the astronauts was great, but I got a little bit nervous at first."

The live call took place in one of the center's hangars, filled with aircrafts and technology for the children to learn about. 

"We are trying to inspire our kids for the future, to invest in technology, to be interested in all the STEM stuff that is really kind of fun," Chief Pilot Nils Larson said. 

Hopefully inspiring some future astronauts, like 9-year-old Alyssa Olson. 

"I loved all the things she showed us and told us about. I just wish one day I could do that, too."

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