Indiana lawmakers receive special video call from space

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A Hoosier now living in space says he can’t wait to take a shower when he returns to earth.

Thursday, Astronaut Kevin Ford spoke with members of the Indiana Senate from the International Space Station. He said it’s been more than 100 days since he’s been able to wash up.

The astronaut’s brother was a long-time Indiana senator who died in 2008 from pancreatic cancer.

The Blackford County native said he enjoyed talking to so many of his brother’s friends today. He also described what he does every day in the space station.

“We have about 150 experiments going on right now. Some of them inside the Space Station that I work with every day as a crew member and many of them outside the Space Station, which ground controls in Houston are taking care of,” said Ford.

Hundreds of school children also watched a live stream of the interview.

Ford is scheduled to return to Earth in March.