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WHERE THERE'S A WILL TO VOTE, THERE'S A WAY



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington                Oct. 21, 2004
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Kylie Clem
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

MEDIA ADVISORY: M04-167

WHERE THERE'S A WILL TO VOTE, THERE'S A WAY 

     Floating around the Earth 230 miles up, NASA Astronaut 
Leroy Chiao is not too far from the polls to stand up and be 
counted on Election Day.

>From the International Space Station, Chiao will cast his 
vote in the Nov. 2, 2004, national election. Chiao is 
passionate about his civic duty. He hopes his ballot sets an 
example for others. From space, he has sent a special 
message to all eligible voters urging them to go to the 
polls. His get out and vote public service announcements 
will air on the NASA TV Video File starting today at noon 
EDT.

"A few years ago, the Texas State Legislature passed a bill 
allowing astronauts to vote from space," Chiao said from 
aboard the Space Station. "Why did they go to so much 
trouble for just a few people? Because voting is each 
citizen's most basic, yet most powerful tool for 
participating in America's cherished right to choose its 
leaders."

Chiao is only a few days into a six-month mission as 
commander of the tenth crew of the International Space 
Station. His Expedition 10 crewmate is Russian Cosmonaut 
Salizhan Sharipov.

NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the 
continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 
degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. 
Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. 
In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, 
Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The 
frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio 
is monaural at 6.80 MHz. 
For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, 
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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