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NASA and AOL Team Up to Give Kids a Virtual Ride into Space

> May 1, 2006
> Sonja Alexander
> Headquarters, Washington
> (202) 358-1761 
> Lori Dolginoff
> AOL Corporate Communications, New York
> (212) 652-6363
> RELEASE: 06-210
> NASA and AOL have joined forces to bring the excitement and adventure 
> of space exploration to young people. Through a Space Act Agreement, 
> NASA's Office of Education and Space Operations Mission Directorate 
> will collaborate with AOL to create "KOL-Expeditions NASA Earth Crew 
> Missions", a series of live webcasts. 
> To kick off this new partnership, AOL's Kids Online service, KOL, will 
> present a webcast from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 4, during 
> National Space Day at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, 
> Md. The event will feature Radio KOL DJ Rick Adams and information 
> about training for missions, living and working in space. 
> During the show, students will have an "out of this world" opportunity 
> to talk with the Expedition 13 crew members aboard the International 
> Space Station. The station is a laboratory orbiting 215 miles above 
> the Earth. Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight 
> Engineer Jeff Williams began their six-month mission on the station 
> March 31. Additional webcast participants include NASA astronauts 
> Paul Richards, Ricky Arnold and Goddard's Chief Scientist, James 
> Garvin. 
> "A partnership with AOL allows NASA to leverage our unique content, 
> people and facilities," said Angela Phillips Diaz, (acting) assistant 
> administrator for education. "Through this online experience, we can 
> excite students to think about their place in the Vision for Space 
> Exploration, and begin them on a journey to careers in science, 
> technology, engineering and mathematics." 
> For more information and to view the webcast, visit: 
> http://www.kolexpeditions.com
> or 
> http://www.edspace.nasa.gov
> Teachers and students can also view the webcast at: 
>> http://www.aolatschool.com
> "We're thrilled to partner with NASA as part of our KOL Expeditions 
> program, enabling millions of kids to discover new frontiers by 
> interacting with NASA scientists and astronauts," said Mark Stevens, 
> KOL education director & GM, AOL@SCHOOL. 
> KOL Expeditions is a new site designed to provide kids, parents and 
> teachers with a platform to make learning fun through interactive 
> missions, video content and other special activities. The NASA/AOL 
> station webcast, the second initiative on the site, lays the 
> groundwork for what will be a series about space exploration. 
> The site will also feature educational materials and interactive 
> activities to inspire elementary-aged kids to explore the world of 
> science and space. 
> Space Day, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, started in 1997 as a 
> grassroots educational initiative held each year on the first 
> Thursday in May. The goal of Space Day is to use the excitement of 
> space exploration to encourage students' interest in science, 
> technology, engineering and mathematics. 
> Hundreds of thousands of teachers and millions of students have 
> participated in Space Day events in 21 countries. The program, which 
> is supported by more than 70 official partner institutions, has been 
> honored with the Space Foundation's Education Achievement Award. 
> For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/home
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