On Thursday, sixth-grader Brandon True will ask an astronaut orbiting Earth how he moves the International Space Station to dodge space junk.
Eighth-grader Sergei Silcock will ask whether he’s made any accidental discoveries about space.
And second-grader Aviv Golan will ask how astronauts communicate with each other when they speak different languages.
Some time after 11 a.m. Thursday, students from Kline School in Costa Mesa will telephone their contact in Italy, who will relay their signal through ham radio to the ISS.
If all goes according to plan and there are no technical glitches, students will have about 10 minutes to talk to Cmdr. Kevin Ford.
After competing to get on a list of 20 questions, students have been rehearsing what they will ask.
“This is just a dream come true for me,” Brandon said.
More than a year ago, Kline School applied to be part of NASA’s Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program.