The Sherman students engaged Williams, a flight engineer, in an eight-minute question and answer session that covered topics ranging from the training astronauts endure to the food that is consumed in space. The communication took place via ham radio while the space station soared over Rochester at 17,500 miles per hour. It was made possible by the Rochester Amateur Radio Association, with help from the RIT Amateur Radio Club. The school was on a three-year waiting list before finally getting its chance to speak with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
To listen to the audio of that session, visit the RIT University News Web site at www.rit.edu/news and click on “Latest Podcasts.”