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NASA CELEBRATES WORLD SPACE WEEK



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington                   October 3, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-6977)

RELEASE: 03-317

NASA CELEBRATES WORLD SPACE WEEK WITH WEBCAST

     NASA will host a webcast Thursday, October 9, with 
students and others around the world, giving them a peek 
inside America's space program, in celebration of World Space 
Week 2003.

The webcast, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EDT, will originate 
from one of NASA's astronaut training facilities in Houston. 
The event will feature live discussions and opportunities to 
ask questions of astronaut and International Space Station 
(ISS) Program Scientist Don Thomas and Robotics Flight 
Controller Royce Renfrew.

"What better way to exemplify World Space Week than literally 
using technology to bring youth from around the world in to 
see and share in the excitement of the International Space 
Station," said Bill Gerstenmaier, International Space Station 
Program Manager.

To view the webcast on the Internet, visit:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/education/index.html

Poised inside the Japanese Experiment Module, "Kibo," Thomas 
will explain what it is like to live and work in space, and 
elaborate on the scientific research being done on the ISS. 
Renfrew will describe how robotic systems are helping build 
and maintain the ISS, and grant viewers a sneak peek into his 
career as a Robotics Flight Controller. Students can submit 
questions in advance or during the webcast through the above 
Web site.

World Space Week, declared by the United Nations as an 
international celebration of space held October 4-10 each 
year, has a primary goal to excite children about science and 
mathematics.

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

http://education.nasa.gov

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/

For information about World Space Week:

http://www.spaceweek.org

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