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NASA CONNECTS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH SPACE STATION CREW



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington                     October 1, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Julie Burt
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)


NASA CONNECTS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH SPACE STATION CREW

     Students from Travis Middle School in Port Lavaca, 
Texas, will have a rare opportunity Thursday to chat with 
the crew of the International Space Station. Students will 
chat with Space Station commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA 
Station Science Officer Ed Lu, as they orbit 240 miles above 
the Earth.

More than 800 students and teachers at Travis will 
participate, and more than 3,400 in Texas and Mississippi 
will be listening. The event runs from 3:03 to 3:22 p.m. 
EDT. It will be aired live on NASA TV, available on AMC-9, 
transponder 9C, C-Band, 85 degrees west longitude. The 
frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio 
is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

This event is part of NASA's Middle School Aerospace 
Scholars Program. The program is funded by Texas and 
administered by NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC). Middle 
school teachers gather for a one-week workshop at JSC, which 
includes tours, briefings and instruction on using online 
NASA resources and materials in their classroom curriculum.

The live interaction with the crew can help students 
envision career possibilities resulting from studying 
science, technology, engineering and math. The program is 
part of a series with education organizations and is an 
integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program 
(TSP). TSP enables education opportunities and builds 
partnerships through the unique environment of human space 
flight, NASA research and educational technology.

For information about NASA's Teaching from Space Program on 
the Internet, visit:
http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/Educators/tfsp.htm

For information about NASA Education programs on the 
Internet, visit:
http://education.nasa.gov




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