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Long-Distance Call: Nashville, Tenn., Students to Talk to the Crew of International Space Station, Veteran NASA Astronaut
08.15.06
 
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media Advisory: 06-094


What: Nearly 1,000 students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee Summer Programs in Nashville, Tenn., will attend a question and answer session via satellite with the three-member crew of the International Space Station and then get to talk to NASA astronaut Rhea Seddon, veteran of three space shuttle launches, on Thursday, August 17. Approximately 15-20 students from that group will actually talk to and ask questions of the space station crew during the event.

The crew, comprised of a NASA astronaut, European Space Agency astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, are spending six months living and working on board the station -- an orbiting research laboratory that NASA and agencies from 15 other nations are building in space.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee is partnering with the Nashville Public Schools and Vanderbilt University's Dyer Observatory in Nashville to deliver education opportunities focusing on preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Who: Students from the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville and veteran NASA astronaut Rhea Seddon will be available for media interviews.

When: Thursday, Aug. 17
8:05 – 8:25 a.m. – Q&A with the International Space Station
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Guest speakers including U.S. Rep. Cooper
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. – Q&A with veteran astronaut Rhea Seddon
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. – Media tour of Wright Middle School

Where: Wright Middle School, 180 McCall St., Nashville

To attend: News media interested in covering the event and talking to students should contact Shannon Lubell with the Boys and Girls Club at 615-425-7018 or 615-497-3813 no later than Wednesday, Aug. 16. Media must report to the lobby of Wright Middle School.