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November 2, 2011
Space Station Astronauts Connect Live With D.C. Students

WASHINGTON - To highlight International Education Week (IEW), NASA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a live, long-distance call for students with International Space Station resident and Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum. Schools and students participating have strong military connections and were selected in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity.

NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin and Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller will join students to discuss living and working in space with Fossum. The downlink is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 9:55 to 10:15 a.m. EST, and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Media representatives interested in attending should contact Sara Gast at the Department of Education at sara.gast@ed.gov by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7. The event will take place at the Department of Education auditorium, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., in Washington.

This year's IEW theme is "Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally." The event continues a long-standing partnership between NASA and the Education Department that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

The live, in-flight education downlink is one of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA Education program that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA's human spaceflight program.

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:


For information about NASA's education programs, visit:


For information about the International Space Station and its crew, visit:


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Rachel H. Kraft
Johnson Space Center, Houston

Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington

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