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NASA Goddard to Host Live Student Session With International Space Station Residents
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center will host a question-and-answer session between local students and residents aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, Sept. 13, beginning 12:40 p.m. EDT. The live 12-minute forum will provide a rare opportunity, via amateur radio, for students to talk directly to astronaut Sunita Williams about living and working aboard the orbiting facility.

Attending this event will be students from the Goddard Child Development Center, the Robert Goddard French Immersion School, and the Prince George’s County Howard B. Owens Science Center. This is made possible through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), a cooperative venture among NASA and other international space agencies that coordinates scheduled, radio contacts with students and astronauts aboard the station.

Teachers across varying content areas have incorporated lessons regarding space, astronomy, NASA, and the space station into their subject curriculum. ARISS and Teaching From Space, a NASA education initiative, encourage participating schools to lay such groundwork as part of its goal to instill interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and careers among students.

The ARISS radio contact is one in a series with educational activities in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in STEM. This project promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

Media interested in attending the Goddard event should contact Dewayne Washington at 301-286-0040.

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Goddard Press Release No. 12-072

Dewayne Washington
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.