February 10, 2012

South Carolina Students to Speak Live with Space Station Astronauts Wednesday

Students at Crayton Middle School in Columbia, S.C., will speak with NASA's Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station at 9:55 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Reporters are invited to attend.

The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television. During the question-and-answer session, students will ask Burbank and Pettit about living and working on the space station. To attend, media representatives must contact Edith Caudle at [email protected] or 803-231-7510. Crayton Middle School is located at 5000 Clemson Ave. in Columbia.

Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin arrived at the station Nov. 15. Pettit, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko joined them Dec. 23.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA's Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA's human spaceflight program.

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about NASA's education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

To follow Twitter updates from Burbank and Pettit, visit: http://twitter.com/AstroCoastie and http://twitter.com/Astro_Pettit