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September 6, 2023

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About the

On Wednesday, September 6, 2023 watch live as NASA Expedition 69 astronauts aboard the International Space Station answer questions from Brownsville students!

NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Frank Rubio will answer prerecorded questions from students LIVE on the morning of Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

The 20-minute Space Station downlink will be streamed live on NASA Television, NASA LIVE, and the NASA smartphone app. The downlink is part of a larger event to be hosted in Brownsville by STARS and BISD, which will be live-streamed for the community.

Featured speakers at the in-person event include Colonel Michael Fossum, former NASA astronaut now serving as Chief Operating Officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston, and Emmanuel Alex Zamora, an Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) Operations Flight Controller at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Having grown up in the Rio Grande Valley themselves, both speakers will share personal insights into experiences that shaped their journeys of discovery and excellence within NASA.

NASA Astronaut


Jasmin Moghbeli is a US Marine Corps test pilot and NASA astronaut. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Naval Postgraduate School and Naval Test Pilot School.

In 2020, Moghbeli graduated alongside 13 others in the NASA Astronaut Candidate Training Program, officially making her eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars.

In March 2022, she was assigned as commander of the SpaceX Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station scheduled to launch in 2023. This will be her first space flight.



Francisco Carlos “Frank” Rubio is a US Army lieutenant colonel and helicopter pilot, flight surgeon, and NASA astronaut. He attended the United States Military Academy, and earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

On September 21, 2022, Rubio launched to the International Space Station aboard Soyuz MS-2. His mission was planned to last around 6 months with a return to Earth in early 2023. Damage to the spacecraft extended the mission, however, and Rubio is now expected to return to Earth no earlier than September 2023, breaking the record for the longest mission conducted by a US astronaut.

Keynote Speaker

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Michael E. Fossum currently serves as a Vice President of Texas A&M University, the Chief Operating Officer of the Galveston Campus, and the Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. Fossum joined Texas A&M following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Johnson Space Center in 2017. Colonel Fossum is a veteran of three space flights with more than 194 days in space and more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks during his 19 years as an astronaut. During his last mission in 2011, Fossum served as the Commander of the International Space Station. He has logged over 2,000 hours in 35 different aircraft throughout the course of his career. Fossum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1980. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School and has earned Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering and Physical Science/Space Science.

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Alex Zamora is an Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) Operations engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is certifying as an IVA Flight Controller and Crew Instructor supporting the International Space Station and Artemis missions. Alex was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. He graduated from Homer Hanna High School in 2011 and received his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016. Alex’s professional history includes work in the utilities and aerospace industries, enabling humans to live and work both on and off Earth.

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