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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington                    October 2, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

RELEASE: 03-313


     NASA will host the first in a series of six educational 
webcasts with the NASA Earth Crew on Tuesday, October 7 at 10 
a.m. EDT.

The Earth Crew is comprised of nearly 40,000 students, 
families and educators across America. The Earth Crew is an 
initiative of NASA's Educator Astronaut Program. Members 
receive updates about new projects, participate in 
exploration-related activities and webcasts, and have the 
opportunity to provide suggestions to NASA that may help in 
planning future missions.

The kick-off program, led by NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, 
with a student audience at NASA Headquarters, will be carried 
live on NASA TV and the Internet. The initial webcast is 
during World Space Week 2003, an array of events coordinated 
by the United Nations and celebrated by more than 50 nations. 
NASA TV is available at 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 6.8 MHz. To 
view the webcast on the Internet, visit:


14-year-old student Bianca Baker will host the first program. 
She is an Earth Crew member and a Tree House detective on NASA 
SciFiles, an instructional TV series for elementary school 
students. Administrator O'Keefe and NASA's Associate 
Administrator for Education Dr. Adena Williams Loston will 
answer questions submitted in advance by Earth Crew teams 
through NASA's EdSpace Web site.

The theme for the webcast series is "Explorers and 
Exploration." Each installment focuses on one of NASA's six 
Enterprises: Aerospace Technology, Biological and Physical 
Research, Earth Science, Education, Space Flight, and Space 
Science. The webcasts will take place every two months.

"It is important that NASA reach out to young people and 
instill in them an excitement about the missions and 
discoveries that are at the core of what the agency does," 
Administrator O'Keefe said. "The Earth Crew webcast series is 
a powerful means for us to demonstrate to a wide audience of 
students our own enthusiasm for what we do and to encourage 
them to share in it with us," he said.

"One of the most critical goals of NASA's Education Enterprise 
is to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in 
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics," Loston 
said. "The Earth Crew initiative gives these students the 
opportunity to foster an interest in all areas of NASA's 
research, through educational webcasts, web-based mission 
assignments and other activities that engage them and their 
parents," she said.

The webcast will be replayed during the NASA TV Education 
File. The times (all EDT) for the replays are: 2-3 p.m., 5-6 
p.m., 8-9 p.m., and 11-12 p.m. on October 7; and 2-3 a.m. on 
October 8.

The next webcast in the series, scheduled to air in early 
December, will focus on NASA's Earth Science Enterprise and 
will feature Associate Administrator Ghassem R. Asrar.

For information about NASA Education Programs on the Internet, 


For information about International Space Week on the 
Internet, visit:


For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:


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