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October 6, 2003

Julie Burt
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111

Release: #J03-101

NASA’s Space Station Crew Connects With Teachers-To-Be

Preservice and in-service educators from the University of Houston - Clear Lake and Oklahoma State University will get inspiration from 240 miles above the Earth on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

International Space Station (ISS) Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu will share their motivation for becoming space travelers and their experiences while working on board the ISS during a live educational event. Nearing the end of their six-month mission, the two have been conducting science and maintaining operations of the station.

The event can be seen at 8:55 a.m. CDT on NASA TV, available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 2880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. The event is scheduled to last about 20 minutes.

Before the lofty conversation, the preservice teachers will do space-themed activities using NASA educational guides. Topics include living and working in space, exploring the Earth from space, microgravity, space-based astronomy and rocketry. Since the teachers are on the brink of beginning their careers in the classroom, NASA hopes to help them make science and math fun for students.

The program is part of NASA’s Teaching From Space Program (TFSP), which enables education opportunities and builds partnerships through the unique environment of human space flight, NASA research and educational technology.

For more information about NASA’s Teaching From Space Program, visit:

http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/Educators/tfsp.htm

For more information about NASA Education programs on the Internet, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov
 

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