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Jan 8, 2013 7:50 PM by Irina Cates - KPAX News

Missoula students talk to astronauts in space

MISSOULA - Over a dozen Missoula students were given an opportunity of a lifetime Tuesday morning-being able to ask astronauts questions live as they flew over Missoula.

One-by-one the 17 chosen students asked the International Space Station astronauts questions that ranged from what they miss about gravity, to what they like to eat in space. The students asked about 19 questions before the International Space Station passed over Missoula and they lost contact.

Target Range fifth grade teacher Kaye Ebelt submitted a proposal asking NASA for this opportunity.

"It was just an amazing experience to actually know that we're talking to someone who is 200 miles up," says Kaye Ebelt, who is a 5th grade teacher at Target Range School.

"It was really cool just like talking to the astronauts I think and the fact that they did it with a ham radio is really cool as well," added Tanner Condrt, a Loyola Sacred Heart Freshman.

"To know that they can go across the United States in about 10 minutes is unbelievable," said Emma Blakely, a St. Joseph's Catholic School student.

These 17 students were the first in Montana to have this opportunity.

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