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Jonas Dino
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-5612/9000
E-mail: jdino@mail.arc.nasa.gov

Leah Eskelin
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Kenai, Alaska
Phone: 907-283-2000 ext. 223
E-mail: FlightDirector@akchallenger.org

John Raffetto
GCI, Anchorage, Alaska
Phone: 206-245-8855
E-mail: raffetto@itstrategies.com

December 19, 2006
 
RELEASE : 06_98AR
 
 
STS-116 Astronauts to Chat with Alaska Students from Space
 
 
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - On Dec. 21, 2006, approximately 200 students at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai and more than a thousand students across Alaska will have the opportunity to chat with the crew of STS-116, including Alaska's first astronaut and STS-116 pilot William Oefelein. The live video downlink is scheduled for 10:57 a.m. Alaska Time. News media representatives are invited to participate in the event.

Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula students from Kaleidoscope Charter School; Kenai Middle School; IDEA Home School; Connections Home School; and Sterling Elementary School, a NASA Explorer School, will participate in the event at Kenai Challenger Learning Center. Students outside of Kenai can participate via GCI SchoolAccess and the Alaska Distance Learning Partnership.

Who: STS-116 crew including Alaska's William Oefelein and Alaska students.
What: Live interactive video downlink from the space shuttle Discovery.
When: Dec. 21, 2006, scheduled for 10:57 a.m. Alaska Time.
Where: Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, Alaska.

The Alaska Challenger Center is the 39th of 52 centers in the Challenger Learning Center for Space Education international network. This is a network created in 1986 by the families of the astronauts lost in the Challenger 51-L mission. GCI is the largest integrated telecommunication provider in Alaska and delivers video distance learning services through its education division, GCI SchoolAccess.

The downlink is part of NASA's continuing efforts to engage and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

News media participating in the event should contact the Challenger Learning Center for directions and set-up procedures. The downlink can also be viewed at the GCI offices in Anchorage, 2550 Denali St. #600. Please check for updates, as the schedule is subject to change.

For more information about the STS-116 space shuttle Discovery mission, visit:

'http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts116/index.html'


For more information about the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, visit:

'http://www.akchallenger.org/'


The shuttle crew's call will be broadcast live on NASA TV. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

'http://www.nasa.gov/ntv'


 

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