Story Time from Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation features astronauts reading beloved children’s books from the International Space Station.

“What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading?” Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston said to huffpost.

“You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station.”

Story Time from Space began with a pilot test from astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr., also known as Alvin Drew, who helped co-found the initiative with Tribe.

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He read Max Goes to the Moon, a book by astrophysicist and author Jeffrey Bennett, on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.

Since the project’s official launch, other stories that have been told from space include Next Time You See a Sunset by Emily Morgan and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty.

The footage of the reading sessions are available on the Story Time from Space site and YouTube.

The Story Time from Space team, which includes astronauts, scientists, educators and others, has important guidelines when it comes to choosing the books. They have to be “neat” books that can be read in about 15 minutes, involve some sort of concept regarding STEM and, most important, be accurate.

What an awesome idea to mix up story time with the kids.

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  • How cool! Had no idea this was even a thing


  • This is magnificent. I’ve been involved in Read to Me day in Childers Qld, where we show children that everyone in the community reads and decorate the town in the annual theme. Nothing beats the love of reading for children.


  • That is such a great idea!


  • That’s pretty awesome! What a fun idea!


  • Love this idea and love it will be educational and factual too.


  • What a lovely initiative !


  • How amazing to read


  • The story about this will probably pass down through generations, especially from a child who watches it a few times and absorbs plenty of memories from it.


  • What a great idea! I’ll show these to my kds.


  • I’d love for my class to watch some of these!


  • That would be amazing for the kids! I remember my son was taken to the cockpit on a flight once and he never forgot it. Thus would make the same impression I think


  • A very different and interesting way to read to the children!


  • What an amazing idea! I love it! :-)


  • What a great interesting initiative it’s very clever and engaging


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