Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Hosts NASA Downlink with Dallas Students and Astronauts on the Space Station
Following the downlink, students learned the process of how NASA communicates in space
Dallas, TX - (Tuesday, April 26, 2016) - Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted a special edition of the “Eddie Bernice Johnson Math & Science Lecture Series” at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Students from the School for the Talented and Gifted, along with students from the Dallas ISD, Lancaster ISD, DeSoto ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, and Duncanville ISD took part in a live NASA downlink. The student had an opportunity to speak directly with astronauts currently living and working on the International Space Station.
“This is exciting, because this is the first time that students in Dallas have had the opportunity to participate in a live downlink from the space station,” Congresswoman Johnson said as she addressed the students in attendance. “I felt it was very important that each student here was included in such an unique and eye-opening experience. You are the future. We are depending on you to take us to the next levels of science and technology. We have miles and miles to go, but I believe in you and your abilities. It is up to you to ensure that America keeps its competitive edge by making new discoveries and developing the industries of the future. America is relying on your talent, your brain power, your creativity, your ingenuity, your innovation and most importantly, your commitment.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She has been a champion for STEM and space exploration throughout her career. She hosts annual installments of the "Eddie Bernice Johnson Math & Science Lecture Series” at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center as part of her commitment to providing opportunities for District 30 students to meet with accomplished STEM professionals from various fields and expose students to the vast array of career possibilities within the Science, Engineering, Math, and Technology fields.
The downlink was a live 20-minute, Earth-to-space call between the students and two astronauts: NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake. Jeff Williams launched to the space station on March 18 and will live aboard until September. Tim Peake launched on Dec. 15 and will return home in June.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.