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March 11, 1996

Billie Deason
Johnson Space Center

Release: 96-008


STS-73 Astronauts to Conduct Live Education Videoconference

A rehearsal is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 13, 1996, in preparation for the March 14, 1996, 1 p.m. CST live, interactive videoconference with crewmembers from the November 1995 STS-73 United States Microgravity Laboratory 2 mission. News media reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the rehearsal in JSC1s Teague Broadcast Center studio on Wednesday, March 13, 1996, to cover the event. However, news media coverage of the actual program will be limited to interviews with students and teachers at JSC immediately after the program ends at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 1996.

The program is a follow-on to the on-orbit education events conducted by crewmembers during the November mission. The Astronauts will be in JSC1s Teague Broadcast Center studio along with students and teachers from the Friendswood Independent School District. The students and teachers from the four downlink sites--Bozeman, Montana; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Louisville, Kentucky--will interact with the astronauts, students and teachers in the JSC studio. A question and answer session including each remote downlink site is included in the program.

NASA Television is broadcast on GTE Spacenet 2, transponder 5 (channel 9) at 69 degrees West longitude. The transponder frequency is 3880 MHz, with audio subcarrier at 6.8 MHz horizontal polarization.


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