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Alpharetta students talk to astronaut aboard space station

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Commander Chris Cassidy answered questions from nine students at Mill Springs Academy  (photo courtesy of NASA). Commander Chris Cassidy answered questions from nine students at Mill Springs Academy (photo courtesy of NASA).
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -

Some students at a school in Alpharetta got to talk with a U.S. astronaut in real time via ham radio as he passed over Mill Springs Academy onboard the International Space Station on Wednesday.

Commander Chris Cassidy answered questions from nine students at Mill Springs Academy as he passed 230 miles above metro Atlanta in the final week of his 166 day mission.

The students asked the Navy SEAL everything from the biographical to the biological.

Science teacher Martha Muir helped organize the event and hopes to inspire her young scientists by being passionate about her job.

"Release your inner geek, and once you do that, you give your students permission to do the same. And that's what we're doing," Muir said.

Cassidy is in the final leg of his five month mission on the International Space Station. He will board a Soyuz spacecraft next week with two Russian cosmonauts and land in Kazakhstan next Wednesday.

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