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For Release: January 21, 2003

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office


Local Students Interface in Real Time with Astronauts on Space Station

Students from five local schools have the unique opportunity to talk with astronauts on the Space Station as they circle the Earth at a distance of 250 miles.

On Wednesday, January 22, 125 students will watch and listen, via NASA Television, as members of the crew on the International Space Station answer questions posed by their classmates. This exciting event will take place in the Visitor Center at NASA's Glenn Research Center between 11:45 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

Five students from each school-Caledonia in East Cleveland, Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake, Memorial Jr. High School in South Euclid, and Warrensville Heights Middle School-will take turns asking the astronauts questions about their experiences of living and working in space.

The astronauts, referred to as the Expedition Six crew, are Commander Kenneth Bowersox and Flight Engineers Donald Pettit and Nikolai Budarin. The live interaction with them is just part of the students' visit to Glenn. Upon their arrival at 10:45 a.m., they will receive a welcome and an overview of the event. Following the question and answer session with the astronauts, a panel of Glenn experts will address any remaining questions. The students also will participate in a scavenger hunt among the Visitor Center exhibit galleries.

Media representatives interested in covering this event should call Sally Harrington or the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901 to be cleared through security.

NASA TV is broadcast on the GE2 satellite, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 MHz.

The event will also be Webcast at

For additional information about the International Space Station, go to

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