Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Speak to Student Volunteers from ISS

Next week, students of a volunteer service organization will have the unique opportunity to hear from NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps aboard the International Space Station.

The Earth-to-space call will stream live at 11:40 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 21, on NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. Media interested in covering the event must RSVP by 5 p.m., Monday, May 20, by contacting Kimberly Sweet at or 601-260-1208.

Junior chapters of The Links, Incorporated, and the National Society of Black Engineers across the United States will participate by asking pre-recorded questions and hosting a live viewing event. The Links is an international, not-for-profit, volunteer service organization focused on the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other people of African ancestry.

For over 23 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked aboard the space station, conducting research and developing technologies needed for deeper space exploration. This communication with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston is facilitated 24 hours a day through SCaN (Space Communications and Navigation) Near Space Network.

Research and technology investigations aboard the ISS benefit people on Earth and pave the way for other NASA missions. As part of NASA’s Artemis campaign, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon to prepare for future human exploration of Mars, inspiring the next generation of explorers and ensuring continued U.S. leadership in space exploration and discovery.