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Oct. 3, 2001

John Bluck

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: News media and the public are invited to observe the first of a novel series of one-hour news webcasts about the International Space Station on Oct. 4, 2001, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), accessible on the Internet starting from


NASA will kick off a web-based news series for students about the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow, which is also the first day of World Space Week.

NASA public affairs officer and mission commentator Kyle Herring of Johnson Space Center, Houston, will provide an overview of ISS during the first webcast, 11 a.m. to noon PDT (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001. Webcasts enable viewers to watch live video, listen to audio and interact in real time on the Internet with experts.

"This is the beginning of an exciting, new series of news webcasts for students about ISS," said Susan Lee, of the NASA Quest website at NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Students can participate in the NASA-sponsored Internet events without pre-registering.

"Basically, my job is to take a technical conversation heard by the flight controllers and astronauts and explain it in terms the public can understand," Herring said." In 14-1/2 years with NASA, I have worked 60 missions in the ‘front room’ of Mission Control."

In 1999 the United Nations (UN) named Oct. 4 - 10 as World Space Week to commemorate significant events in space history, including, the Oct. 4, 1957 launch of Sputnik, which was the first human-made object launched into Earth orbit. Also, on Oct. 10, 1967, the UN 'Treaty on Principals Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies,' went into effect.

The NASA Quest worldwide webcast, 'ISS - A Home in Microgravity: Station News Network,' is one of many activities occurring during World Space Week, which continues until Oct. 10. Another on-line space week activity featured on the same Quest website is 'Classroom of the future, Farming in Space Activity,'

The Farming in Space activity relates to NASA's interest in long-term, human flight and potential colonization of the moon and planets. Plants can be an important part of bioregenerative life support systems in which food is produced and human waste recycled. Internet audience members can check for the latest schedule for the space-farming event, which is taking place in the first week of October.

The Quest calendar also has a link to 'Functions and Statistics: International Space Station: Up to Us,' slated for Space Week. In addition, a link to 'Classroom of the future,' from the calendar, is listed with Internet activities to start on Oct. 9.

For more details about Space Week, an international event, please go to:


For additional information about the Quest Space Week Internet webcasts, chats and other Internet events, please call Lee at 650/604-0766. She also can be reached via e-mail at

See Caption Image of the World Space Week Poster

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