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Interview with Astronauts on the International Space Station

13 May 2021, 3:47 am

WeatherNation was excited and honored to coordinate with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to interview NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei (Colonel, U.S. Army Retired) and ESA – European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet LIVE from the International Space Station.

Mark launched to the International Space Station on April 9 to join Expedition 65 and Thomas launched to the space station on April 23 as part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission.  The Crew-2 flight carried NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur – who will serve as the mission’s spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively – along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)  astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists to the space station for a six-month science mission.  This is the second crew rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first with two international partners.

We spoke about what it’s like to be an astronaut, learned more about the scientific research and experiments conducted on the Space Station, and what the astronauts and remote sensing instruments are observing from more than 200 miles above Earth.  Watch the full interview below and get to meet and know Mark and Thomas!

 

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Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  Meredith is a weather, space, and STEM journalist and has been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern Cali... Load Morefornia, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in the Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith is the current chair of the American Meteorological Society's Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished journalist, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith was personally invited by NASA's Johnson Space Center to interview astronauts on the International Space Station and was the only meteorologist in the nation to do an exclusive report accompanying the GOES-West satellite from Colorado to Florida, reporting on and covering it's launch in 2018.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane!