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NASA AND JAPANESE SPACE AGENCY TO INSPIRE STUDENYS



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington              November 24, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-0836)



NASA AND JAPANESE SPACE AGENCY TEAM TO INSPIRE STUDENTS

     Japanese fifth-and sixth-grade students will have the 
opportunity to have a dialogue with the Expedition 8 crew of 
the International Space Station during an educational 
television downlink Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. EST.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and the 
Nankai Broadcasting Corporation (RNB) in Matsuyama City, 
Japan, will hold the program allowing approximately 500 
students to participate. Students will have the opportunity to 
ask the Expedition 8 crew about science and the Space Station.

The program, part of the Japan's National Ministry of 
Education and Science, "Science Loving Plan," focuses on the 
goal to inspire students' interest in science. The mottos of 
the program, created to emphasize the importance and exciting 
elements of science, are "dreams and hopes" and "courage and 
vitality."

The International Space Station downlink is one in a series 
with national and international educational organizations. The 
series is an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space 
Program. The Teaching from Space Program enables educational 
opportunities using the unique environment of human space 
flight. The program builds partnerships with the education 
community to create unique learning opportunities through the 
use of NASA research and educational technology.

"NASA is grateful for the opportunity to engage young people 
from around the world in educational opportunities such as the 
International Space Station in-flight program," said Debbie 
Brown Biggs, Acting Manager of NASA's Education Flight 
Projects Office, NASA Headquarters, Washington. "Perhaps 
through this kind of event, we can get young people thinking 
about how science and technology transcend national borders. 
It is our students of today who will lead the way in the 
scientific endeavors of tomorrow," she said.

The downlink will be broadcast live on NASA TV and shown on 
tape in Japan by RNB. NASA Television is available on 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 6.80 MHz. 

For more information about NASA, on the Internet, visit:

http:NASA.GOV

For information about NASA Education programs on the Internet. 

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