SHORT GAP - If you could speak with an astronaut on board the International Space Station, what would you ask?
That is exactly what some area seventh graders were wondering when they were able to participate in a space-to-earth talk as part of the 120th anniversary of Frostburg State University.

By Marcia Conrad
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP - If you could speak with an astronaut on board the International Space Station, what would you ask?
That is exactly what some area seventh graders were wondering when they were able to participate in a space-to-earth talk as part of the 120th anniversary of Frostburg State University.
Seventh graders from Garrett and Allegany counties in Maryland and Frankfort Middle School in Mineral County were invited to submit questions for the astronauts to answer on the 20- minute live feed on April 9 at approximately 9:55 a.m.
Ricky Arnold, flight engineer aboard the space station, received both his bachelor's degree and his teacher certification from FSU. Arnold is on his second
space station expedition, having also been on Space Shuttle Mission STS-119.
He boarded the space station in March and will be on board until early summer.
Frankfort Middle School seventh grader Annie Morgan was excited to have her question be chosen. Her question was, “What did you take into space with you and what limitations were placed on what you could take?”
Annie says her classmates were happy for her but “they all wanted to win.” She says she was a
little nervous having her question asked in front of all of her classmates and about 1,200 others, but she was excited at the same time.
Annie and her mom and principal Julie McBee went to Frostburg State for a dress rehearsal and the whole seventh grade went to the actual event on April 9.
While she has always wanted to be a teacher, she had been leaning toward a career as an art teacher, but after this experience she is now thinking about teaching science.
Annie, a shy but energetic student, at first didn't think someone from Frankfort had a chance of winning.
“I was kind of nervous because I don't really like talking to people, but it was kind of cool,” she said.