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STUDENTS TO SHARE THRILL OF SPACE EXPLORATION WITH LANCE BASS



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington       August 27, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

John Bluck
Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, Calif.
(Phone: 650/ 604-5026)

RELEASE: 02-164

STUDENTS TO SHARE THRILL OF SPACE EXPLORATION WITH LANCE BASS

     In the continuing quest to inspire the next generation 
of explorers, NASA on Thursday will provide students across 
the country an opportunity to interact over the Internet with 
a popular music star who hopes to become the youngest person 
to travel in space later this year.

Lance Bass, a member of the pop singing group 'N Sync, will 
be at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston this week to 
train for an upcoming space mission in which he would join 
two others in a Russian Soyuz flight to deliver a replacement 
"lifeboat" to the International Space Station. During a Web 
chat, Bass is expected to share his experiences to date in 
training for space travel, and to discuss what inspired him 
to seek out this space flight opportunity.

The Web chat, hosted by NASA's Distance Learning Outpost and 
education Web portal, Quest, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. 
EDT Thursday, August 29.

An audience of 9- to 12-year-old students from Pearl Hall 
Elementary School, Pasadena, Texas, will join Bass in the 
Johnson studio and ask questions face-to-face. Thousands of 
students from around the United States also will be able to 
submit questions via the on-camera host, Erika Guillory, who 
will then ask questions of Bass.

The webcast also will look at the importance of music 
education -- how music is metered, structured and formed, and 
still allows the mind to be creative. Similar approaches are 
needed for problem solving in math, science and technology or 
in design challenges related to space exploration.  

"What a great opportunity for students to interact with a 
popular figure who can help inspire them to pursue careers in 
the space industry," said Susan Anderson, distance-learning 
manager at Johnson.

To participate in the Web chat, students and teachers should 
visit either the Distance Learning Outpost site at:

http://education.jsc.nasa.gov

or the Quest web site at:

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov

For more information about the International Space Station, 
the Expedition 5 crew and the taxi crew of which Bass will be 
a member, visit the NASA Human Spaceflight Web at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

                          -end-

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