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February 22, 2006

Dryden Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone 661/276-3449
FAX 661/276-3566

Beth Hagenauer
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661/276-7960

NASA Explorer School Students To Speak With Space Station Crew

Students from two local middle schools will gather in the Edwards Air Force Base theater next Thursday, March 2, to speak with the current crew of the International Space Station. Sixth and seventh grade students from Edwards Middle School at Edwards and Gifford C. Cole Middle School in east Lancaster will ask questions of Expedition 12 commander Bill McArthur and Russian flight engineer Valery Tokarev via a television link that will air on NASA TV's education channel.

The students will have 20 minutes between 10:30 and 10:50 a.m. to ask the crew about Earth science studies conducted on the space station. The event will be the conclusion of a classroom unit on Earth science with a concentration on earthquakes.

In addition to the downlink, a NASA education specialist will explain living and working in space by using a mock-up space suit and real space food. The students will also participate in a space station size and scale activity.

Edwards and Cole are members of the NASA Explorer Schools program, which establishes three-year partnerships between the agency and schools across the nation.

What: International Space Station live downlink
Who: Space Station crew answers middle school students' science questions
When: 9:30 a.m. to noon PST, Thursday, March 2, 2006
Where: Edwards Air Force Base theater, Bldg. 2660
Media access: Contact Beth Hagenauer, NASA Dryden public affairs, at (661) 276-7960 at least 72 hours in advance of event.

NASA TV is also available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

For information about the crew and the space station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

For information about NASA education programs on the Web, visit: http://education.nasa.gov.


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