Valley art students receive video call from space

Posted: Feb 26, 2013 4:16 PM MSTUpdated: Feb 26, 2013 5:34 PM MST

Some valley art students got a video visit all the way from the international space station. We spoke with the first art students ever to get the honor.

It was an out of the world visitation by three astronauts going 17,500 miles per hour in space.

"I just want to know more about their experiments and what it's like for them in space," says student Sara Prince.

The project, Expedition 34, is the first time in history astronauts are speaking with students at an art school.

"I think it's pretty important for our school too because being an art school, not that many people take us seriously academically, so hopefully that will change their perspective on us," says student Jared Romero.

"I can't begin to even describe how cool it is, we are the first school to even get this opportunity so this was our opportunity to show what an art school can do with an opportunity like this," says teacher Rebecca Mestek.

Commander Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield, and Tom Marshburn played the guitar, talked photography, music and of course, art.

"Art is in the eye of the beholder, you can find art in anything which is why I like to study it so much."

Artwork by students inspired by space help others get interested in space.

"Science is all about discovery and art is all about discovery just in a different way they connect, because you need creativity in art and you need creativity in science just as much. Because in order to think of the question, in order to think of the way to investigate the problem you have to be creative," says Mestek.

Art and science, working together, to help give these students a more than memorable experience.

"I'm pretty sure I would freak out and be terrified because I don't think I could deal with being above the earth. I'm pretty grounded, a little afraid of heights," says Prince.

Metropolitan Arts Institute is a tuition-free college prep art charter school In Phoenix.

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