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Minnesota Scouts Call Space Station Astronauts

August 5, 2011

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other students in St. Paul, Minn., will make a special call to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 12:55 p.m. EDT.

The event includes a video link with Expedition 28 Flight Engineers Mike Fossum and Ron Garan, which will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Fossum is scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop in Texas.

Scouts and students ages 7 to 13 can ask questions about how living and working in space helps increase human understanding of the Earth, science, and the universe. The children also will participate in science and space-related activities before and after the question-and-answer session.

The event will take place at Base Camp, Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America’s urban program center located at 201 Bloomington Road at Fort Snelling, Minn. To attend, journalists must contact Kent York at 612-760-8430.

The in-flight education downlink is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, an agency education program that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

For NASA TV information and schedules, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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

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




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