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Astronauts Will Answer NASA Intern’s Question—Live, from Orbit

On Monday, July 30, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will appear live, online, to answer questions posed by earthbound viewers—including a recent Fordham graduate.

Bernadette Haig, FCRH ’18, is interning this summer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and a question of hers was selected for a NASA educational program that allows students and others to pose prerecorded questions to astronauts.

Haig’s question is “In today’s world, what is the most compelling reason to engage in human spaceflight?” Astronauts will answer that and other queries starting at 12:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, July 30, in a broadcast to be shown on the NASA website. Watch the livestream here.

Haig graduated summa cum laude from Fordham last May with a double major: engineering physics, with a concentration in mechanical engineering, and classical civilization. She plans to begin a master’s program in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University this fall.

Over the summer, she is working with NASA’s aeronautics research and engineering team in Cleveland. Her group is studying the movement of air masses over and through cities, with an eye toward safety standards for drones and other small unmanned aerial vehicles as well as flying car technology some companies are developing.







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