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NASA KICKS OFF EARTH CREW WEBCAST SERIES (UPDATED TIME)





Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington                  October 6, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

RELEASE: 03-313 (UPDATE)

NASA KICKS OFF EARTH CREW WEBCAST SERIES (UPDATED TIME)

     NASA will host the first in a series of six educational 
webcasts with the NASA Earth Crew on Tuesday, October 7, at 
10:15 a.m. EDT.

The Earth Crew is comprised of over 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:

http://edspace.nasa.gov

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, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov

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

http://www.spaceweek.org/

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov







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