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Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington                               
Rachel Kraft
Johnson Space Center, Houston
June 22, 2012
Students Gather In Philadelphia To Speak With Astronauts In Space
WASHINGTON – Elementary, middle and high school students will have the opportunity to speak with Expedition 31 flight engineers Don Pettit, Joseph Acaba and André Kuipers aboard the International Space Station at 10:35 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 26.

The event will take place at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia. Media representatives are invited to attend. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and include video of the space station residents.

The event will be hosted by Destination Imagination, a non-profit organization that provides education programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

To attend the event, reporters must contact Michelle Griffith at 813-597-8187 or Philadelphia University is located at 4201 Henry Avenue.

Pettit, Kuipers, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Konenenko arrived at the space station on Dec. 23, 2011. Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin completed the six-person crew on May 17.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA's Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA's human spaceflight program.

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

For information about NASA's education programs, visit:

For information about the International Space Station, visit:


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