Middle school students to hear directly from astronauts in space

Washington (CNN) -- A group of Washington middle school students are about to get a science lesson that is truly out of this world.

Students from Hart Middle School and Deal Middle School will participate in a (very) long-distance call with astronauts Scott Kelly, Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock on Tuesday.

The astronauts, residents of the orbiting International Space Station, are conducting science experiments aboard the space station for about six months.

NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join the students to discuss living and working in space with the International Space Station crew, NASA said

"The live, in-flight education downlink is one of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," NASA's website states.

The live event is hosted by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education, NASA said. It was developed with the help of Teach for America educators at the two middle schools.

The transmission is scheduled for 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. ET and will air live on NASA Television and on the agency's website.

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