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7:02 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Astronaut Kevin Ford to Appear Before Indiana Senate—From Space Station

The Indiana native who's commanding the International Space Station will make a very long distance video call to the Indiana Statehouse this week.

Astronaut Kevin Ford is scheduled to speak from Earth orbit via video hookup with the Indiana Senate Thursday.

Ford is from Blackford County, and his older brother, David Ford, was a state senator who died of pancreatic cancer in 2008.

A Senate spokeswoman says Ford will have a 20-minute question-and-answer session with senators that will be shown on the chamber's video board and streamed over the Senate's website. Schools around the state are being invited to watch the exchange.

The Notre Dame graduate arrived at the space station in October and is scheduled to remain there until March.