Media release: Ashbury College students contact International Space Station


Ashbury College students contact International Space Station

Ottawa, ON (November 24, 2017) – Students at Ashbury College will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make direct contact in real time with the International Space Station on November 27.

The NASA-organized event will allow science and kinesiology students to talk to astronaut Joe Acaba about his life onboard the station, and ask questions about the science of space travel, and the experiments he conducts.

Grade 12 student Max Kelland initiated the event last spring, by applying to NASA for the opportunity.

“This is such an exciting and unique event for our science students to become involved in the real world of STEM,” says Kelland. “I hope it is able to inspire some of us to pursue a career in space science.”

NASA periodically makes contact with schools around the world, but does not repeat events at any venue, making it a one-off opportunity for Ashbury.

Contact with the space station is expected to take place at 1:40 p.m. on Monday. The event will be preceded by video presentation by NASA, and will be live-streamed to the wider Ashbury community.


About Ashbury College

Ashbury College, established in 1891, is a leading independent IB World School for boys and girls, Grades 4 to 12. Located in Ottawa, with students from 50 countries, Ashbury’s mission is to engage students in a dynamic learning environment and to inspire them to become intellectually vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens.



For more information, please contact:

Tara Jackson
Director, Communications and Marketing
Ashbury College
613-749-9630 ext. 269