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TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM) is hosting a statewide essay contest for students in grades 5th through 12th. Students with winning essay will be invited to participate in a live NASA downlink, hosted by TASM.

Students are asked answer the question, “What question would you ask an astronaut and why” and explain how their question relates to their life on earth. The contest is open to students enrolled in public, private, charter or homeschool schools within the state of Oklahoma.

All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 9, 2018. Essays will be evaluated based on content, relevance, depth of thought and grammar. The live NASA downlink will take place in April or May, on a date to be determined by NASA. TASM will announce the exact date as soon as it is selected.

Students with winning essays will have the chance to interact with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. ISS crewmembers will discuss and demonstrate unique concepts in space and have a live question-and-answer session with the students. The downlink will be broadcast live on NASA TV and streamed on the web.

To download the complete contest packet, visit www.TulsaAirandSpaceMuseum.org . If you have question about TASM’s 2018 Live NASA Downlink Essay Contest, please email [email protected].

International Space Station In-flight Education Downlinks supports NASA’s efforts to encourage K-12 students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Downlinks are facilitated by the Johnson Space Center Office of Education as part of STEM on Station, and use the unique experience of human spaceflight to promote and enhance STEM education.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is the region’s hub of science based learning through discovery. Each year, more than 55,000 visitors pass through the museum to explore Tulsa’s rich aviation heritage and explore the correlation of science and technology with flight.