Kansas-native astronaut Nick Hague talks with kids live from International Space Station

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansas students gathered at The Cosmosphere on Friday to ask questions and learn about life in space from astronaut Nick Hague and former astronaut Dr. Steve Hawley.

Hague and two fellow crew members have been at the International Space Station for almost two months. The team blasted off in a Soyuz rocket in Kazahkstan on March 14, 2019. 

Dr. Hawley is a Salina native and veteran of five space flights. 

Students, including several from Hoxie, asked Hague and Hawley about eating, drinking, and sleeping in space. 

"It seemed really fun to be floating around and stuff, and I got to learn a lot about what they do up there and what they miss about being on earth, said Camryn Carlisle. 

The sixth grader has been learning about agriculture at school. Carlisle said she was excited to ask Hague about growing plants in space. 

"They put a few seeds in, and they put it in a bag and sort it instead of bringing a bunch of food in which put weight in the space shuttle," said Carlisle. 

Hague and his team are participating in numerous research investigations while at the International Space Station including farming in space. 

Hague's parents were in the audience. His mother, Bev, spoke with Hague during the session. Hague wished his mom a happy Mother's Day and said one of the most difficult things about being in space is distance from his family. 

To learn more about Nick Hague's journey, click here.

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