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January 12, 2004

Julie Bert
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111



Release: #J04-003

SEABROOK INTERMEDIATE TO GET SCIENCE LESSON FROM ABOVE

Students from Seabrook Intermediate will get an inspirational call on Tuesday from a parent that is out of this world, aboard the International Space Station, and media are invited to attend.

From almost 250 miles above the Earth, International Space Station Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Mike Foale, along with Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, will speak with students at the school for 20 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST. The students are part of the Clear Creek Independent School District’s Science Magnet Program, and Foale's wife and children will be among the participants.

Media interested in attending this event should contact Karen Permetti, in the Public Information Office at CCISD, at 281-338-5803. Video from the Station during the event will be broadcast live on NASA TV, and video recorded at the school will be included in the NASA TV videofile at 2 p.m. CST Tuesday.

The science students have been learning about and performing some experiments similar to those that are being conducted by Foale aboard the Station. During the event, the students will be able to compare notes with Foale and Kaleri on the experiments and ask other questions.

“We want these children to know that there is a constant human presence in space and that they can be a part of this one day,” said Sandy Peck, Clear Creek Independent School District Science Magnet Program liaison. “They will get a personal, up close feeling that they will remember all of their lives.”

Other NASA astronauts who have had children participate in CCISD's Science Magnet Program also will visit the school, including Robert Curbeam, Ronald Garan and Michael Barratt, M.D.

NASA Television is available on AMC-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.

The downlink, one in a series of downlinks to educational organizations across the United States and abroad, is an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program. The Teaching from Space Program, managed from the Johnson Space Center, facilitates educational opportunities that use the unique environment of human space flight. In doing so, the program builds partnerships with the education community to create unique learning opportunities through the use of NASA research and educational technology.

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

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

NASA’s homepage is located at:

http://www.nasa.gov

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