Every kid loves getting mail, but what if they received correspondence from a real astronaut? Thanks to NASA’s pen pal program, they can write and receive answers from real, live astronauts. Read on to learn more.

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First, pick an astronaut! You can look up astronauts at NASA’s website here.

Once you’ve picked your lucky astronaut, you should compose your letter. The best bet is to ask a specific question that an astronaut can answer. (Check out this amazing two-page letter one four-year-old received after her dad helped her write a letter to NASA scientist Dr. David Williams with a question about a probe headed to Jupiter’s moons.)

You can also make a request for an autographed photo from current astronauts who are in training or are assigned to an upcoming flight. Any mail and photo requests can be sent to:

NASA Johnson Space Center
CB/Astronaut Office
Houston, TX 77058

You can make it easier on the astronauts by including a self-addressed and stamped return envelope.

Good luck, space cadets!

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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