Space Camp kids talk with astronaut aboard the International Space Station

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kids who are spending the week at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Space Camp took an interesting call on Thursday afternoon.

Kai Demorist is from Portland, Oregon. This is his third time at the camp and he is still learning.

“You learn a lot of the teamwork you need to use and quite a few skills,” Demorist said.

On Thursday, he and his fellow campers received a call from Dr. Kate Rubins, who is currently aboard the International Space Station.

“It was pretty mind-blowing because they’re 250 miles above us,” Demorist said.

With the help of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, the campers asked Dr. Rubins some questions.

“She said science was her toughest subject which is interesting because she has a doctorate in cancerous diseases,” Demorist said.

Rubins remembers what it’s like to sit in these seats.  She attended Space Camp when she was 12 years old.

“It shows you that if you do what you want to do, even little stuff like this, that lots of people don’t think make a difference, it can,” Demorist said.

Demorist said hearing Dr. Rubin’s answers inspired him to shoot for the stars.

“I plan to go to a good college that specializes in aeronautics and science, or maybe the Air Force Academy and follow my family, and become a pilot and from there, go to NASA,” Demorist explained.

Dr. Rubins is conducting experiments on biological and human research during her four months on the International Space Station.

Note for teachers: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) offers opportunities for scheduled conversations via amateur radio between members aboard the ISS and classrooms. Teacher who would like to use ARISS as an educational tool in their classrooms can find more information in the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology on

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