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ISS CREW WILLTALK WITH REGIONAL EDUCATORS



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington            July 11, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Frederick A. Johnsen
Dryden Flight Research Center
(Phone: 661/276-2998)

RELEASE:  03-235

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW TALKS WITH REGIONAL 
EDUCATORS

     Educators will talk with orbiting International Space 
Station astronauts during a special conference call at 
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., July 
15.

Five competitively selected NASA Explorer Schools' teams 
will participate in a downlink with the Space Station. 
Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA Station 
Science Officer Ed Lu will answer the educators' questions. 
Dryden is hosting the video and audio downlink during a 
workshop.

The five schools are: Black Mountain Elementary and Middle 
School, Golden Valley, Ariz.; Flagstaff Middle School, 
Flagstaff, Ariz.; Kennedy Elementary School, San Diego; 
Edwards Middle School, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and 
Gifford C. Cole Middle School, Lancaster, Calif.

The schools are participants in a new NASA education 
initiative that establishes a three-year partnership between 
the agency and 50 NASA Explorer School (NES) teams, 
consisting of teachers and education administrators from 
diverse communities across the country. The aim of the 
program is to increase middle school students' interest, 
participation, and ability to apply science, mathematics and 
technology concepts. 

In addition to the interface with the crew, participants 
will take a virtual tour of the Station through video 
teleconferencing with NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), 
Houston. Team members will observe NASA's mission of 
aeronautical and earth science research at Dryden through 
interaction with pilots, engineers, scientists and education 
specialists. Activities, including tours of aircraft, 
simulators and facilities, are incorporated into the 
workshop, which runs July 12-18. 

The NES teams will work with NASA personnel to develop an 
action plan that addresses local needs in mathematics, 
science and technology and incorporates NASA data and 
materials in their curriculum. 

The Space Station program, provided via NASA downlink, is 
one in a series of downlinks to educational organizations 
across the country and abroad, and an integral component of 
NASA's Teaching from Space Program. The Teaching from Space 
Program, managed from JSC, facilitates educational 
opportunities that use the unique environment of human space 
flight. The program builds partnerships with the education 
communities to create unique learning opportunities through 
the use of NASA research and educational technology.

Media wishing to observe the downlink, from 12:10 to 12:30 
p.m. EDT on July 15. The downlink will be carried on NASA TV. NASA TV is

broadcast on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 
degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. 
Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program 
visit:

http://explorerschools.nasa.gov

For information about NASA's Teaching from Space Program 
visit:

http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/Educators/tfsp.htm

For information about NASA Education programs visit:

http://education.nasa.gov





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