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In-flight Education Downlinks
March 7, 2013

[image-12] Wouldn't it be great if students could talk with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station about what it is like to live and work in space? Well, they can! Educational organizations located in the United States can host an in-flight education downlink with space station crew members. Students pose questions and watch as astronauts answer the questions and demonstrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in ways that are impossible on Earth.

Teaching From Space is not currently accepting proposals for downlinks. Please email JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov for information regarding the next proposal cycle.

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  2. Prior to completing the proposal form, it is recommended that you read the Downlink Planning Guide [280K PDF file].
  3. You can manually submit the completed form to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov or use the Submit button located in the form.

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If you have any questions, email JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov.

Are you not sure if hosting a downlink is right for you? Read the questions and responses below to learn more.

What advice would you give to an organization interested in hosting a downlink?
Read the Downlink Planning Guide [280K PDF file] and attend a downlink online informational session. Previous experience shows that organizations that attend online informational sessions are more likely to be selected.

To attend a session, please send an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov indicating which session you would like to attend.

What type of technical equipment is required to host a downlink?
To host a downlink, you need to receive NASA TV through NASA's Media Channel. Note that this is a special channel accessed via satellite and is not the NASA TV channel on your local provider's channel lineup. For more information about the NASA Media Channel, visit the NASA Television website. You also need to dedicated phone lines and the capability to broadcast the audio and video to your audience.

Technology requirements are subject to change. Please email JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov to ensure you have the latest information.

Is there anything else that I should know?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Direct any questions you may have to Teaching From Space at the following address:

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A high school student interviews the crew of the International Space Station
With her whole school watching, a student asks a question of the International Space Station crew.
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NASA - Bill Ingalls
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