BOISE -- The countdown is on for Boise State University's Professor of the Practice and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson to launch into space.
Swanson will leave earth with two Russian cosmonauts on Tuesday around 3:15 p.m. MT. He is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) just after 9 p.m.
The students Swanson is working with, called the Space Broncos, are eagerly awaiting his mission. They plan to use the project they've dubbed Team Swanson to make science accessible to everyone, by engaging students and the rest of the community.
Boise State University freshman mechanical engineering major Camille Eddy is one of the Space Broncos and hopes one day she'll be doing science in space.
I've found that my passion is definitely research, like space science, anything like that, even going to space, I'm up for that, Eddy said.
Eddy and students from each of BSU's colleges will be working on a variety of projects that will incorporate Swanson's mission. Swanson will help the Space Broncos create two educational videos for college students and will participate in a live Q&A during a student-planned Space Symposium set for May 6.
Really what we want to do is engage everybody, not just scientists and engineers, but everybody, Eddy said. The big main event is the downlink/uplink with Captain Steve Swanson while he's up in the space station, and we'll be asking questions of him from students from here on campus, but also some select questions from high school students as well.
Eddy has already been keeping up with Swanson as he gets ready to leave on Tuesday. She plans to track his entire six-hour journey and imagine what it might be like if she had the same opportunity.
I'm going to sit down with my popcorn and just watch it. It's going to be pretty exciting, Eddy said. I'm almost looking at it like, okay that's what I'm going to be doing. I'm going to have that heavy gear on, I'm going to be flipping that latch. So I'm really excited to watch it to see maybe, this will be me in a couple years. So I'm pretty excited for him.
If you'd like to keep up with BSU's Professor of the Practice Steve Swanson as he is in space, you can follow @spacebroncos on Twitter. Also, the Space Broncos website will have updates and information about the Space Symposium.
NASA TV will also stream the conversation with BSU students on May 6. They hope to talk between 10 and 11 a.m. that day, though the time can change based on satellite positions. Swanson will be taking a Broncos hat with him to space, so students hope he will be wearing it during the live chat.