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Space Station Crew and Students Are "Partners In Flight"


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

Priscilla Maynor
Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, N.C.
(Phone: 919/807-3434)
 December 16, 2003 
RELEASE : 03-412

Space Station Crew and Students Are "Partners In Flight"

An audience of pre-kindergarten through high-school students and 
teachers in North Carolina and Ohio will talk with the International 
Space Station Expedition 8 crew during a NASA educational downlink 
Wednesday, December 17, from 9:40 to 10 a.m. EST.

The downlink is a component of an interdisciplinary, 
collaborative-inquiry project, Partners in Flight, developed by Distance 
Learning Systems and the North Carolina Department of Public 
Instruction. The event also is part of a day themed "Wright Around the 
World," in recognition of the Centennial of Flight, a national 
celebration commemorating the first successful, powered flight by the 
Wright brothers, December 17, 1903.

"Descendents of the Wright Flyer have flown all around the world during 
the first tremendous 100 years of flight," noted NASA's Associate 
Administrator for Education Dr. Adena Williams Loston. "We will continue 
our mission to inspire students to pursue careers in science, 
technology, engineering and mathematics. Innovations in flight will 
continue in the next 100 years and extend our exploration to uncharted 
areas of the universe," she said.

Thousands of students and teachers in N.C. and Ohio will view the 
downlink. The event will be followed by a discussion among students and 
a panel of science and mathematics experts. The Partners in Flight 
project has particularly encouraged participation in the downlink from 
students in groups traditionally under-represented in science and 
mathematics fields.

Partners in Flight is a semester-long activity that invites students and 
teachers in N.C. and Ohio to explore the unique contributions the two 
states made in the Wright brothers' first successful powered flight. The 
downlink is the culmination of the project, demonstrating directly to 
students the impact of human flight and allowing them to envision the 
potential of human space flight during the next 100 years.

The downlink event, one in a series with educational organizations in 
the United States and abroad, is an integral component of NASA's 
Teaching from Space Program. The program promotes 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 TV will broadcast the downlink live. NASA TV 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.

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For information about Centennial of Flight events on the Internet, visit:


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