SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Fredericksburg High School was command central on Thursday as students got a rare opportunity to talk to American astronaut Christopher Cassidy.
His mission: Work on experiments from the International Space Station, about 260 miles above the Earth.
The students' mission: Ask about life in space and other space-related topics.
"I was wondering if you could tell us about some of the research that is being done on the space station," one of the students asked.
U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is the chairman for the Space Science and Technology Committee. He led Thursday's assembly.
"The United States today unfortunately is having to pay Russia to take our American astronauts to the space station. But within three years, we're going to have our own rocket. We will be back to being the leader in space," Cassidy told to the students.
And that means the sky is the limit for budding space travelers.
"I hate to tell you Daniel, we don't shower on the ISS," Cassidy said over the large screen in the high school auditorium.
And while students got their questions answered about what it's like to work, eat and go to the bathroom aboard the International Space Station, they were also curious about acrobats on board.
"I'd like to see you do a front tuck," a student requested.