Students from seven Southern California school districts will have an opportunity March 18 to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station, including Pomona native Victor Glover.

The Earth-to-space call will air live at 9:35 a.m. PDT on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

Glover and fellow NASA astronaut Shannon Walker will answer prerecorded questions from K-12 students from Pomona Unified, Ontario-Montclair, Chaffey Joint Unified in Ontario, Claremont Unified, Mountain View Unified in El Monte, Fontana Unified and Rialto Unified.

Glover attended classes in the Chaffey school district and graduated from Ontario High School.

“What NASA does is important for inspiring the next generation — today’s students are tomorrow’s scientists, mathematicians and engineers,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. “I’m excited they will get a front-seat look at the incredible research underway on the ISS and I am confident this experience will inspire these students to dream big and one day pursue careers in STEM fields.”

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Ontario, will give prerecorded opening and closing remarks.

“Astronauts Victor Glover and Shannon Walker are proof to kids across the Inland Empire that they too can make big dreams a reality if they strive for them,” Torres said.

“After a year of remote learning that has created new challenges for students and teachers alike, nothing could be more important than to encourage our youth to set their sights high,” she said. “I look forward to this once-in-a-lifetime conversation direct from space and thank Victor, Shannon, and NASA for their willingness to make it happen.”

Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites.

For more than 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked on the space station, testing technologies, performing science experiments and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth.

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