Central Park Middle School Downlink Video Transcript

This is the transcript from an Education Downlink between Central Park Middle School in Schenectady, NY, and the Expedition 10 crew onboard the International Space Station (Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipov). The downlink occurred on January 7, 2005, and was broadcast live on NASA TV.

From the International Space Station the Expedition 10 crew appears to float on screen. Commander Leroy Chaio takes the microphone and begins to speak. While this is occurring, ISS Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov is floating next to commander Chaio. The education downlink begins with Mission Control requesting Central Park Middle School to conduct a voice check with the Expedition 10 crew.

Mission Control, Johnson Space Center- Central Park Middle School, this is Houston, please call Station for a voice check.

Central Park Middle School (CPMS)- Station; this is Central Park Middle School how do you hear us?

The crew onboard the International Space Station continues to float on screen and begins to wave to the camera.

Leroy Chiao (LC)- We have you loud and clear. Today we deployed the S E M package which contains your school's Cosmic Seeds Experiment. So, this is a great day to have an event with you.

CPMS- Hi, my name is Garrett and this question is for Dr. Chiao. Do you experience different types of weather while you are in space and how does it differ from Earth?

LC- Well, actually we don't feel the effects of weather up here because we are way up above at... Oh 250 miles. But we do see the weather and get to observe it. A good example is the storms that have been happening recently. So we do get to observe the weather we don't actually get affected by it.

CPMS- Hi, my name is Carlton and this question is for Salizhan. What is your favorite part of the Space Station?

Salizhan Sharipov (SS)- Of course the favorite part of the Space Station is the window. We have time to look through the window to observe the Earth and stars. Unfortunately we don't have enough time watch and look through the window (as much as we would like).

CPMS- Hi, my name is Brielle and this question is for Dr. Chiao. What (college) degree do you have to have to become an astronaut?

LC- The basic requirement is that you have a Bachelor's Degree in science or engineering but most of us have a Master's Degree or a Doctor's Degree. So, there is no requirement to have a higher degree but a lot of us do that.

CPMS- Hello, my name is Anne and this question is for Dr. Chiao. Why should we explore space?

LC- Thank you. Why should we explore space? That is an excellent question. I think, by our nature, as human beings, we are explorers. Look at the interest that there is on the Earth right now of the discoveries that are coming back from the two Rovers on Mars. It is pretty exciting stuff and I think you can go all the way back to the great explorations of our planet and depths of the sea to see that we as humans have a basic curiosity and need to explore. The Space Station is a stepping stone to further explorations outside of low Earth orbit. Hopefully soon well be heading back to the Moon and onto Mars.

CPMS- Hello, my name is Catherine and this question is for Dr. Chiao. What is your schedule like on an average day?

LC- That is a good question Catherine. What we do is we have pretty much a normal 24 hour day. We get up in the morning, have breakfast, and get cleaned up. We have a conference in the morning with the Mission Control Center and we go to work. We have to take a break for lunch, do some exercise, and then have another tag-up in the evening (with Mission Control), followed by an evening meal and some free time. So our schedule is pretty much like that of a workday on Earth. However, we don't have the day-night cycle that you (on Earth) do because we orbit the Earth once every ninety minutes. So every forty-five minutes or so we have either a sunrise or a sunset. So we have to work onboard just according to our clock.

CPMS- Station, this is Mary Ozarowski the Central Park Middle School Principal. Thank you for the inspirational downlink today and for inspiring the next generation of explorers. Our students would like to say goodbye.

(The entire audience says good bye in Russian.)

The crew begins to smile and wave to the downlink audience.

LC- Goodbye

SS- (says goodbye in Russian)

LC- Thank you Central Park Middle School. It has been a real please being with you from the International Space Station. Work hard and follow your dreams.

The crew both begin to do flips which generate applause as the downlink comes to a close.

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