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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Kenneth Huff
Mill Middle School, Williamsville, N.Y.
(Phone: 716/626-8300)

March 22, 2004
 
NOTE TO EDITORS : N04-046
 
 
Space Station Crew Talks With New York Students
 
 
The faculty and students of Mill Middle School, Williamsville, N.Y. are taking a unique field trip Tuesday. But unlike typical outings, they will remain in school, while traveling 220 miles above the Earth for a live conversation with the International Space Station crew.

The event is at 8:25 a.m. EST. Students will have 20 minutes to ask questions and chat with NASA's Station and Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and Russian Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri. Questions will focus on the moon, which Mill sixth graders are studying, and Rossen Pamakov, a bilingual fifth grader, will ask Kaleri a question in Russian.

The in-flight event is an integral component of NASA's Teaching From Space Program, which promotes educational opportunities using the unique environment of human space flight. The program builds partnerships with the education community and uses NASA research and technology to bring one-of-a-kind learning experiences to students. Mill is one of approximately two-dozen sites in the U.S. and abroad selected by NASA to host these unique, interactive educational experiences.

News media who wish to cover the program should contact Kenneth Huff at Mill Middle School at: 716/626-8300.

NASA TV will carry the event live on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA and agency education programs on the Internet, visit:

http://education.nasa.gov/

http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html

 

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