Astronaut Karen Nyberg attended her high school class reunion from spaceFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It's always the big question at the class reunion, who traveled the farthest to be there?
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It's always the big question at the class reunion,
who traveled the farthest to be there?
Several members of the Henning High School class of '88 came a long ways to get home this weekend, but Karen Nyberg takes the cake.
She attended from a few hundred miles in the sky, straight from the International Space Station.
Karen Nyberg wasn't about to let a "little" obstacle, like being in outer space, keep her from the Henning High School class of '88 reunion this weekend.
Andrea Rogers- Classmate: "Hello Karen, this is Andrea. Welcome to your 25th high school class reunion!"
Nyberg is currently serving on the International Space Station, 220 miles above Earth.
But she made it to the reunion with some help from NASA.
Live over video chat, Karen showed her classmates around her new home, even giving them a stunning glimpse of the sun rising on Earth.
Karen Nyberg- Austronaut: "Can you see the blue of the Earth now, above that?" "We're just starting to see it!"
The class took turns asking Karen about life aboard the station.
They took advantage of the rare educational opportunity, encouraging their children to ask questions as well.
Karen: "A lot of our meats are packed in packages like this. Very similar to what you would get in meals-ready-to-eat in the military."
Despite the unusual, even surreal, circumstances, in many ways it was just like any other class reunion.
Classmates had a chance to catch up, and find out how each others' lives have changed since they last met.
Tracy: "Hi Karen, this is Tracy and my fiance, Jeff."
Karen: "Tracy and fiance? Congratulations, I guess I didn't know that."
Andrea Rogers- Classmate: "They kind of become your extended brothers and sisters, and in that respect Karen is like our family. So, for her to be able to join us sort of completes our family reunion as much as it is a class reunion."
Karen has a husband and 3-year-old son at home.
She says they send videos back and forth every day.