For Release: May 1, 1997
RELEASE NO. 97-030
KIDSAT CEREMONY RECOGNIZES LOCAL STUDENTS
Hampton Roads middle school students who participated in NASA's
KidSat program will attend a KidSat Recognition Ceremony at
10 a.m., Monday, May 5 at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, NASA
Langley Research Center.
Students from Crittenden Middle School in Newport News and
Yorktown Middle School in York County took part in the KidSat
program, which involved 15 schools around the country that are near
NASA field centers.
The ceremony will include students presenting their KidSat
research and findings, and an interactive television hook-up via
satellite from Johnson Space Center with crew members from the
STS-81, the 81st shuttle mission.
"As a result of the KidSat program, students were able to bring
to life the subjects of geography, science and math," said Dr.
Shelley Canright, Langley KidSat program manager.
The KidSat program was designed to give middle school students a
chance to observe Earth from space while conducting scientific
inquiries based on their classroom studies. Students at each of
these schools set up Student Mission Operations Centers linked with
the STS-81, the 81st shuttle flight. The mission included docking
with the Russian space station Mir.
The images from space were taken with a KidSat camera in the
Atlantis crew cabin and made available only if students correctly
followed mission protocols and issue the proper commands over the
If media would like to attend the ceremony please make
arrangements with Nicole Forest at 864-5036.
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