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Aug. 27, 2002

John Bluck                                                                                         

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-5026 or 604-9000

E-mail logo  jbluck@mail.arc.nasa.gov

Kelly Humphries        

Johnson Space Center, Texas

281/483-5111          



Release: 02-96AR      

                                   

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: As a Quest Website operator oversees the Lance Bass Webcast at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett, Calif., from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Thursday, Aug. 29, you are invited to interview NASA Ames acting chief of education Mark Leon about NASA’s educational effort to encourage youth to follow careers in science, engineering and technology. NASA Ames is the home of NASA Quest. To reach Ames, take the Moffett Field exit from Highway 101, drive east to the main gate and the visitor badging office to get maps and directions to the NASA Quest activities in Bldg. N226, room 109. U.S. media representatives must have valid picture ID in order to enter Ames. Foreign media representatives must be escorted, if cleared for entry.

STUDENTS TO SHARE THRILL OF SPACE EXPLORATION WITH LANCE BASS

In the continuing quest to inspire the next generation of explorers, NASA on Thursday will provide students across the country an opportunity to interact over the Internet with a popular music star who hopes to become the youngest person to travel in space later this year.

Lance Bass, a member of the pop singing group 'N Sync, will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston this week to train for an upcoming space mission in which he would join two others in a Russian Soyuz flight to deliver a replacement "lifeboat" to the International Space Station. During a Web chat, Bass is expected to share his experiences to date in training for space travel, and to discuss what inspired him to seek out this space flight opportunity.

The Web chat, hosted by NASA's Distance Learning Outpost and education Web portal, Quest, will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CDT) Thursday, Aug. 29.

An audience of 9- to 12-year-old students from Pearl Hall Elementary School, Pasadena, Texas, will join Bass in the Johnson studio and ask questions face-to-face. Thousands of students from around the United States also will be able to submit questions via the on-camera host, Erika Guillory, who then ask questions of Bass.

The webcast also will look at the importance of music education -- how music is metered, structured and formed, and still allows the mind to be creative. Similar approaches are needed for problem solving in math, science and technology or in design challenges related to space exploration. 

"What a great opportunity for students to interact with a popular figure who can help inspire them to pursue careers in the space industry," said Susan Anderson, distance-learning manager at Johnson.

To participate in the Web chat, students and teachers should visit either the Distance Learning Outpost site at:

http://education.jsc.nasa.gov

or the Quest web site at:

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov

For more information about the International Space Station, the Expedition 5 crew and the taxi crew of which Bass will be a member, visit the NASA Human Spaceflight Web at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

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