Live Video Chat with International Space Station Astronaut Jeffrey Williams and NASA Capcom and Elgin Native Hal Getzelman

Thursday, June 30

Kids at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois, had the opportunity to speak live with an astronaut on the International Space Station on Thursday, June 30, thanks to a NASA educational program.

The 20-minute virtual program was broadcasted live on NASA TV at on June 30,  from 11:30 to 11:55 am. Thirty-one pre-selected students from Elgin-area public, private and homeschools asked questions.

Following the downlink with the ISS, we also had a video conference with Elgin native Hal Getzelman, lead CAPCOM, or “capsule communicator,” for the International Space Station.  He was at NASA in Houston.  

Re-live the Event

NASA TV Footage:
Direct YouTube Link to streaming Coming Soon
Jeff Williams Talking About Food to GBPL Kid
Facebook Facebook Live
flickr View Photos on Flickr

Thank you NASA, Jeff Williams, and Hal Getzelman.


Jeff Williams

About Jeff Williams -  According to NASA, Williams was selected for  the  NASA  Astronaut  Class  of  1996.  In addition to his  space  flights,  he  has performed various technical  duties in both the space shuttle and International Space Station Programs. Williams has served in the Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA), Space Station, and Soyuz Branches of the Astronaut Office and led the development of a space shuttle cockpit upgrade.

According to by Robert Z. Pearlman of, “Jeff Williams, in March, will become the first American to spend three long-duration expeditions aboard the space station and will set a new U.S. record for cumulative time off the Earth. The astronaut will dedicate part of his upcoming six-month expedition to highlighting how the orbital complex came to be what it is today."

Education - Graduated from Winter High School, Winter, Wisconsin, in 1976; received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science and Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in 1980, a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and the Degree of Aeronautical Engineer from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, both in 1987.