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Al Feinberg
Headquarters, Washington                      August 5, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4504)

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE: 03-258

SEE THE SPACE STATION DURING NATIONAL NIGHT OUT CELEBRATION

     Planning to be one of the millions participating in the 
20th Annual National Night Out (NNO) tonight? The 
International Space Station and its crew will be flying 240 
miles overhead at the same time. So, in hundreds of cities 
residents need only look up to get a glimpse of the unique 
orbiting laboratory.

The Space Station is visible to the unaided eye and will 
appear as a small, steady, fast-moving point of light (not 
blinking). The Space Station generally follows a west to 
east path. Given the speed of the Station, 17,500 miles per 
hour, most telescopes are not practical for tracking the 
orbiting lab, however, a good pair of binoculars may reveal 
some detail of the Station's structure.

Station commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA's Station 
Science Officer Ed Lu are living and working on board the 
orbital laboratory, maintaining systems and conducting 
science experiments. More than 60 experiments, spanning a 
range of scientific disciplines, have been conducted aboard 
the Station. The crew also participates in a variety of 
education-related activities, including more than 40 unique 
space-based demonstrations for students.

As a research lab, the Station lets us explore a new world 
of science without the masking force of gravity. It also 
serves as our next step in exploring the universe around us, 
sustains U.S. leadership in space, strengthens international 
cooperation, helps to inspire and educate the next 
generation of inventors and explorers.

NNO, a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the 
National Association of Town Watch, encourages closer 
cooperation between citizens, civic groups, businesses, 
neighborhood organizations, local officials and law 
enforcement agencies to make their communities safer.

Last year, 9,850 communities from all 56 states and U.S. 
territories, Canadian cities and military bases world-wide 
marked the 19th Annual NNO by turning on outside lights, 
with front porch vigils, crime prevention block parties, 
cookouts, ice cream socials, parades, neighborhood visits by 
local law enforcement agencies, flashlight walks, safety 
fairs, poster and essay contests, and neighborhood meetings.

For information about this year's events on the Internet, 
visit:

www.nationaltownwatch.org

For detailed sighting information for the International 
Space Station, and to learn about NASA's "Skywatch" Program 
on the Internet, visit:
 
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/

To learn more about the Station crew and their activities, 
visit:

http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov





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