By Jesse Sarles

ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – Students at Estes Park Elementary School got an out-of-this-world experience on Friday. The Junior Bobcats talked to astronaut Shannon Walker as the International Space Station flew over Estes Park.

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NASA astronaut Shannon Walker (Photo by GREGG NEWTON/Gregg Newton/AFP via Getty Images)

It happened just after 10 a.m., and the fifth graders used a ham radio to ask the questions. Included among those was one posed by Ranetta.

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“What is the most awesome sight that you have seen on the Earth or in space from the ISS?” she said.

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Shannon Walker on the ISS (credit: NASA)

“Ranetta, there are so many wonderful things to see from space. I think on the nightside when it’s night outside, I like to look at the universe and the Milky Way is absolutely stunning because there are so many stars. … Also at night looking down on the Earth, the amount of thunderstorms you can see is pretty amazing. During the day, just the beautiful colors of our planet … is really stunning to me.”

The last time a Colorado school was chosen for this honor was back in 2011.

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You can watch the complete conversation between Walker and the students on YouTube.

Jesse Sarles