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FW: NASA AND JAPANESE SPACE AGENCY TEAM TO INSPIRE STUDENTS



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington         July 9, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

RELEASE: 03-233

NASA AND JAPANESE SPACE AGENCY TEAM TO INSPIRE STUDENTS

     NASA and Japan's space agency arranged for five 
Japanese students, chosen from 1,861 applicants, and their 
parents to participate in a live NASA in-flight space 
program. The program was with the International Space 
Station Expedition 7 crew. 

Astronaut Ed Lu and Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko participated 
in the program, which took place at "Tokyo FM" radio station 
yesterday. The program airs in Japan, to an audience of 
nearly one million listeners in two, two-hour radio programs 
in mid-July.

The student group, made up primarily of ten-year olds, was 
part of the National Space Development Agency of Japan's 
(NASDA) Education Program entitled, "When You Wish Upon a 
Star."  Following a background lecture from astronaut Mamoru 
Mohri, the five students posed questions to the Station crew 
concerning the event's theme: "Dreams of the Future Earth."  
The students and their parents were able to both listen and 
watch as the astronauts responded.

The Space Station event was planned as a way of encouraging 
students to think more about space and possibilities for the 
future. According to NASDA officials, its Education Program 
provides a unique opportunity to foster among Japanese 
children the "first strong consciousness and aspects of 
oneself as an earthling."

"NASA is grateful for the opportunity to engage young people 
from around the world in educational opportunities such as 
the International Space Station in-flight program," said 
Debbie Brown Biggs, Team Lead for NASA's Teaching from Space 
Program. "Perhaps through this kind of event, we can get 
young people thinking about how science and technology 
transcend national borders. It is our students of today who 
will lead the way in the scientific endeavors of tomorrow," 
she said.

The International 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 the Johnson Space 
Center, Houston, facilitates educational opportunities that 
use the unique environment of human space flight. The 
program builds partnerships with education communities to 
create unique learning opportunities through the use of NASA 
research and educational technology.

For those interested in accessing replays of the NASA TV 
broadcast of the downlink with the Expedition 7 crew, NASA 
TV programming is available via satellite through AMC-2, 
Transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical 
polarization, with a frequency of 3880.0 MHz, and audio of 
6.80 MHz.

For information about NASA and human space flight on the 
Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

For information about NASA Education programs on the 
Internet, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

For information about NASDA's Tsukuba Space Center visit:

http://www.nasda.go.jp/about/centers/tksc/index_e.html




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