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Astronaut Calls Indiana Statehouse From Space Station

Kevin Ford, a University of Notre Dame alum, participated in a question and answer session Thursday while in the U.S. Space Station.

Kevin Ford

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NASA Commander Kevin Ford demonstrates how astronauts drink juice out of pouches in zero gravity.

NASA Commander and Hoosier native Kevin Ford addressed the Indiana Senate from aboard the International Space Station on Thursday.

Though the 12-second delay between the Senate floor and the Space Station caused some chuckles among the lawmakers and special guests, Commander Kevin Ford was able to speak to legislators and schoolchildren watching in classrooms around the state. Ford addressed the type of experiments he is conducting, his experience working with Russian cosmonauts and even how he eats in space.

“This says seasoned scrambled eggs on it,” he says. “At the little top there is a little place where we can inject a needle and inject 100 milliliters of hot water in here. And you give it 15 minutes and you let the seasoning mix in and you have yourself some scrambled eggs.”

Ford also spoke about his hope that the United States continues to pursue manned spaceflight.

“We, frankly, are a country who is very blessed with a lot of assets and a lot of really great technical and technological skill sets, things that we can really contribute, I think, to the human race,” he says. “And so it’s almost, in my opinion, our obligation to do it.”

Ford has spent 105 days on the space station and will return home in a little over a month. The Montpelier native is the younger brother of former state Senator David Ford, who passed away in 2008.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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