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Mississippi And Louisiana Students To Call Space Station Astronauts

August 16, 2011

Students gathered at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi will place a long distance call to astronauts aboard the International Space Station at 1:35 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Mississippi and Louisiana students in kindergarten through twelfth grade will ask Expedition 28 Flight Engineers Ron Garan, Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa questions related to mass and weight. The experience is designed to enhance the students’ understanding of scientific principles, physics and space. Stennis’ education office is hosting the call, which will include a video link with the three astronauts and will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

To attend, journalists must contact Rebecca Strecker at 228-688-3249 no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to arrange for clearance and escort to the event.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies. 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 the latest NASA TV schedule, 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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