If you’ve ever wondered how astronauts do scientific research in microgravity, what it feels like to blast off into space or how it’s possible to fall asleep while floating in midair, this might be your chance to find out!
NC State University and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will host a live video Q&A on Aug. 30 with NASA astronaut Christina Koch, an alumna of both institutions who is currently serving as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station. During the Q&A, Koch will answer questions from students at both schools.
In addition to the conversation with Koch, the program will feature an expert panel discussion and a keynote address by NC State astrophysicist Katie Mack. The event will also include interactive exploration stations around Talley hosted by NC State and NCSSM student organizations focused on rocketry, robotics, physics, engineering and astronomy.
- This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The event will be held in the State Ballroom in NC State’s Talley Student Union. Visitors to campus are encouraged to use one of the designated visitor pay lots near Talley or to use NC State’s free Wolfline bus service.
- The program begins at 9:45 with remarks from Chancellor Randy Woodson of NC State, followed by Professor Mack’s keynote address: “From the Lab to the Universe: Studying Physics to Explore the Cosmos.”
- The video Q&A with Christina Koch will begin promptly at 10:10.
- The Q&A will be broadcast on NASA TV, and it will be livestreamed at the top of this page and on the NASA TV website.
- After the Q&A, audience members will have the chance to participate in a moderated discussion with a panel of experts in astrophysics and engineering:
- Laura Bottomley, director of Women in Engineering and the Engineering Place
- Brand Fortner, teaching professor, Department of Physics (moderator)
- Katie Mack, assistant professor, Department of Physics
- Steve Reynolds, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, Department of Physics
- Zo Webster, teaching assistant professor, Department of Physics
- NC State’s Wolfbytes team will livestream the entire program of events from inside the State Ballroom.
Koch Followed Her Own Path to Space
NCSSM alumna Christina Koch became an astronaut by doing what she loved, whether that was working as a cryogenics technician in Antarctica or rock climbing without a rope.
To the Stars
As a child, NC State alumna Christina Koch dreamed of becoming an astronaut. As an adult, she made that dream come true.
About Christina Koch
Christina Hammock Koch was born in Michigan and grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. After graduating from NCSSM in 1997, Koch earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and physics from NC State in 2001, and she earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from NC State in 2002. NASA selected Koch as an astronaut in 2013, and she completed astronaut candidate training in 2015.
Koch is currently working onboard the International Space Station on her first spaceflight as part of Expeditions 59 and 60 and the upcoming Expedition 61, scheduled for October 2019. She is slated to set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, with an expected total of 328 days in space.