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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Astronaut Signs from the International Space Station

Expedition 23 Launch Day (201004020023HQ)
Originally uploaded by nasa hq photo

From the NASA website 7/22/10,

"The International Space Station has had guests from all over the world, representing myriad languages. But until NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson came aboard, one language was still not represented. Said to be the fourth most commonly used language in the United States, American Sign Language, or ASL, made its debut on the space station in a special video recorded by Caldwell Dyson.

In the almost six-minute video, the American astronaut spoke directly to the deaf community about what she does on the space station and how she became interested in ASL. She even offered several words of encouragement for young deaf students."

To read more and view this video which has English subtitles, click here.

To read more about astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, click here.


Liz said...

Hi Sarah, the first place I'd seen this when someone else mentioned it, was on a deaf forum.

I thought it was rather good.

Jonathan said...

Very cool, Sarah. I'll share it with the teaching staff at school when I go back to school in two weeks.