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International Space Station Expedition 12 Science Operations Status Report for the Week Ending December 9, 2005
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Status Report: 05-189

NASA Science Officer Bill McArthur performed his first Educational Payload Operations, or EPO activity, recording a lecture about the solar panels of the International Space Station. As part of EPO, crewmembers perform curriculum-based activities in space to demonstrate basic principles of science, math, physics, engineering and geography.

The overall objectives of the payload are to help students discover how familiar objects may perform differently in the microgravity environment on board the space station, and help students see how science and math are linked to space exploration.

The session was videotaped and downlinked for later use in classrooms and NASA educational products. The overall goal for every expedition is to facilitate education opportunities that use the unique environment of human space flight.

NASA’s payload operations team at the Marshall Center coordinates U.S. science activities on Space Station.