ISS & One Year Crew: Off the Earth, for the Earth

43 formal and informal educators participated in a NASA AFRC Educator Resource Center professional development workshop on the International Space Station: One Year Crew. The workshop took place at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, CA. Participants learned about the NASA One Year Crew mission on board the International Space Station from NASA AFRC Education Specialist, Barbara Buckner. Buckner shared about Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Year in Space including the 10,944 sunrises and sunsets, his need for more than 700 hours of exercise just to keep his bones, muscles and heart strong, and how he will drink 730 liters of recycled urine and sweat. Tracy Ackeret, AFRC Range Operations Branch Chief, was the Subject Matter Expert at the workshop and gave a presentation on how AFRC provides backup support for ISS Communications, Soyuz launches and crew returns. He also shared experiences of how the AFRC range provided support for Space Shuttle missions. Educators received and explored the NASA STEM on Station resources, and participated in hands-on activities involving sleep restraints, space food and Earth/Moon/Mars. This educational activity aligns to NASA Education performance goal 2.4.2 Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities.

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