/ January 18, 2023/

  • Friday, Feb. 10, 2023
  • 10:45 a.m. — 2 p.m.
    • 11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. — NASA astronaut Josh Cassada answers questions live from the ISS (hosted by Gregg Colburn)
    • See full agenda below.
  • Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/waspacegrant

Join us Feb. 10 for a Friday in Space! WA Space Grant and the University of Washington are very excited to present a rare opportunity to chat with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station live — no pre-recorded questions!

The event begins at 10:45 a.m. with a welcome from Gregg Colburn, assistant professor of real estate and longtime friend of NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, and Emily Levesque, associate professor of astronomy and author of “The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers.” Other events bookending the chat with astronaut Cassada include a presentation from Lummi Nation students and a panel with Washington state astronauts.

The highlight of this Friday in Space will be a 20-minute downlink with astronaut Cassada, currently stationed on the ISS. A downlink affords participants on Earth to see video and hear audio from the ISS, while the astronaut will have audio only from Earth’s side of the conversation. During the downlink, UW students, moderated by Prof. Colburn, will have the chance to ask questions directly of astronaut Cassada.

Register to attend!

Interested in attending? Registration for in-person attendees is now open! We’d be delighted to have you join us Friday in HUB 250. Click the button below to register using our calendar system.


  • 10:45 a.m. — Welcome and introduction with Gregg Colburn (real estate studies) and Emily Levesque (astronomy)
  • 11–11:30 a.m. — Presentation on Lummi Nation School’s ISS experiment
    • Gary Brandt and students explain the experiment and process
    • Avelaka Macarro, UW Riverways
    • (Tentative) Scott Pinkham, College of Engineering
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. — NASA astronaut Josh Cassada answers questions live from the ISS (hosted by Gregg Colburn)
  • 12:15 p.m. — Lightning talk: HuskySat
  • 12:30 p.m. — Lunch break
  • 1 p.m. — “Ask an Astronaut” panel (Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, in conversation with Prof. Kristi Morgansen, chair of A&A)
  • 1:45 p.m. — Lightning talk: “UW High-Altitude Ballooning”
  • 2 p.m. — Presentation of UW student research
    • Vicente Arroyos (graduate student, computer science): “A Tale of Two Mice: Sustainable Electronic Design and Prototyping”
    • Kyle Johnson (graduate student, computer science): “Solar-powered shape-changing origami microfliers”