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Local Quad City students took a trip to outer space Friday. They chatted live with 2 American astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The event was an opportunity for the kids to learn more about space and what it takes to get there.

"We hear you loud and clear aboard the International Space Station. We welcome you on board today," the astronauts told the students.

The Putnam Museum is one of six sites across the country chosen to speak live with the astronauts. 250 students from Davenport, Moline, Rock Island and Buffalo schools attended. 20 of them asked the astronauts questions. The kids wanted to know about what it's like to lift off, how the earth looks from space, what astronauts do while on the station, and the students favorite part was seeing the astronauts float.

 "It was awesome, because they were big and they were holding onto a metal bar with their feet and that was cool," says 2nd Grader Ben.

"We actually got to see them on the screen," says Kateleighnn Coulburn from Earl Hanson Elementary School.

"I liked it, it's a little bit funny," adds 3rd Grader Yessica Zavala-Alva.

There is a Quad City connection to the International Space Station. The aluminum used to make it was manufactured at Alcoa.