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Lyles-Crouch Student Has Question for Astronaut in Space

Lyles-Crouch second grader Andras Jacobson (Photo courtesy ACPS)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Andras Jacobson, a second grader at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, will have the experience of a lifetime on Thursday, December 3. That afternoon, the space enthusiast will have his question answered by NASA astronaut Victor Glover during a livestream from the International Space Station (ISS).

Jacobson is considering becoming an astronaut himself.

“I am very interested in space and specifically if there is life anywhere else,” he said. “Here on Earth, I know how our muscles act, but in space it may act differently. I am also interested in the human body.”

Jacobson was chosen from a handful of students across the United States to submit a question. According to his mother, Judit Csonka, his question relates to how the muscular system is affected by space travel. The question is timely since just last week, the astronauts onboard the ISS conducted experiments that will help provide an answer.

Jacobson said he is “excited and very happy” about the honor.

“As educators, we use platitudes with children to ‘ reach for the stars’ and ‘the sky’s the limit’, never knowing what impact those phrases  may actually have on our students,” said Lyles-Crouch Principal Dr. Patricia Zissios.

Tune in to NASA’s programming at 12:30 p.m., beginning with a pre-show, where students can learn more about Glover and his collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution

The entire show will be broadcast on the STEM in 30 and Air and Space Facebook page. The livestream can also be viewed on NASA’s website.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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