Launching Nebraska-nauts

  • Nebraska 4-H presents...

    Launching Nebraska-nauts

    into the 4-C'able Future

Nebraska 4-H is proud to host Launching Nebraska-nauts, an in-flight educational downlink connecting students across Nebraska to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Through this once-in-a-lifetime experience, educators and students across Nebraska will have the opportunity to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answer session. An in-person experience will be hosted at Raising Nebraska in Grand Island on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 including learning opportunities, guest speakers, and exhibits for participants to interact with! Satellite sites will also be selected across the state, where students and educators may also join in person. Students are also invited to submit questions to be considered for the downlink session. Students of all ages and classes of all grade levels are invited to participate. Educators are encouraged to utilize the pre- and post-event lessons and activities with students who will be engaged in the in-flight downlink experience.

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Launch Date

With ideal conditions, we expect to launch on October 13, 2021.


Mission Control

The in-person experience will be hosted at Raising Nebraska in Grand Island.


Satellite Sites

Satellite sites will be established across Nebraska so that all youth have an opportunity to engage.

Schedule of Events

9:00 - 10:00 am Participant Registration / Exhibit Booth Expo
10:00 - 10:30 am Welcome / Panel Discussion – Watch it live!
10:30 - 11:00 am Station #1
11:00 - 11:05 am Transition
11:05 - 11:30 am Station #2
11:35 - 11:40 am Transition
11:40 am - 12:45 pm Lunch / Downlink / Exhibit Booth Expo – Watch it live!
12:50 - 1:20 pm Station #3
1:20 - 1:25 pm Transition
1:25 - 1:55 pm Station #4
2:00 - 2:30 pm Panel Discussion – Watch it live!
2:30 - 3:00 pm Closing / Exhibit Booth Expo / Evaluation

Pre-Launch & Post-Launch Activities

Whether you're joining us at Mission Control, tuning in from a Satellite Site, or not able to participate in the live experience, earn your mission badge by completing the pre-launch and post-launch activities!

Browse Activities & Lesson Plans

Submit Artwork

Students across Nebraska in grades K-12 are invited to submit their space exploration, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), or human exploration themed artwork! Students are encouraged to use their creativity through any medium, such as drawing, painting, digital, sculpture, etc., but artwork must be submitted digitally.

Submit Artwork

Join Us Live

A limited number of students and educator will be able to attend the live, in-person event at Raising Nebraska.

Individual Registration

Group Registration Group Chaperone & Youth Form

Host a Satellite Site

We're looking for satellite sites across the state to host live, in-person experiences for local students and educators. Satellite site coordinators will be expected to attend a mission briefing, and individual/group registration is still required. Three levels of participation are available for those interested in hosting satellite sites:

  • Level I - only participate in the in-flight education downlink
  • Level II - participate in the panel discussion and the in-flight education downlink
  • Level III - participate in the panel discussion, station activities (lessons with supplies lists will be provided), and the in-flight education downlink

Apply to Host a Satellite Site

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

We're looking for sponsors and exhibitors for our live event. Make a financial donation to support the Launching Nebraska-nauts program, or sign up for an interactive booth space during the live event at Raising Nebraska on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Become a Sponsor

Become an Exhibitor

Thank You

youth who submitted questions

Through the in-flight education downlink experience, youth had the opportunity to submit their questions for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Youth in PreK through 12th grade from across Nebraska were invited to submit their questions. Due to time limitations, only a handful were selected, but we want to thank all 118 youth who submitted their questions!

Meet the Flight Crew

program director

technical specialist

communications specialist

mission control liaison

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