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Henning community preparing for visitor from space

Henning students will have the rare privilege of talking to a visitor from space Wednesday morning.

Dr. Karen Nyberg, a 1988 Henning graduate and a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station, will visit the Henning gym courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Nyberg has been on the station in Earth orbit since May 28 when she was part of an international team of astronauts to lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Students from the pre-kindergarten to senior classes and members of the Henning staff have a 20-minute window beginning at 9:45 a.m. to see their famous alumni. NASA-approved questions, submitted by both students and staff, will find their way to the space station via a downlink provided by NASA. Members of the community are also invited to the 20-minute visit with Nyberg.

Henning Principal Thomas Williams saw a lot of enthusiasm for Nyberg’s second trip into space in May when the school held a Launch Party and watched the lift-off of the rocket that carried Nyberg into orbit on the NASA channel.

“The amount of pride within not only our school but the whole community is very great,” Williams said.

Nyberg will field a wide variety of questions but one stood out for Williams as being particularly memorable.

“One of the cutest ones was ‘are shooting stars more colorful in space than they are on Earth?’” Williams said.

Nyberg, who is the daughter of Ken and Phyllis Nyberg of Vining, is scheduled to complete her mission and return to Earth in November.