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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

December 11, 2003
RELEASE : 03-408
Space Station Crew Celebrates Flight With Students
Students from the Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk, N. C. areas will have the opportunity to talk with the International Space Station Expedition 8 crew tomorrow. NASA, with the National Park Service, is sponsoring a special educational downlink from 10:04 to 10:24 a.m. EST.

The downlink will focus on life and work aboard the Space Station. The event is part of the Centennial of Flight celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Dec. 12-17. The Centennial of Flight is a national celebration commemorating the first powered, heavier-than-air flight by the Wright brothers on December 17, 1903.

The theme of the day's events is "Igniting the Imagination." The downlink and other activities are designed to inspire the next generation of explorers (and aviators) by engaging children in the power of flight.

"It is an exciting opportunity for students to speak with real explorers on the International Space Station," said NASA's Associate Administrator for Education, Dr. Adena Williams Loston. "The invention of flight was a great milestone, and the celebration of its birth is an opportune time for NASA to reach out to the next generation of explorers," she said.

NASA Aerospace Education Services Program specialists will work with students and educators prior to the program. Students will have the chance to learn more about the Space Station and the crewmembers on board while participating in a variety of educational activities that focus on the Centennial of Flight. During the event, the Expedition 8 crew is expected to display a model of the Wright Flyer, built by middle school students from Orono, Maine.

The downlink series is an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program. The Teaching from Space Program, managed from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, promotes educational opportunities using the unique environment of human space flight.

The program builds partnerships with education organizations and communities in the United States and abroad to create unique learning opportunities through the use of NASA research and educational technology.

NASA TV will broadcast the downlink event live. NASA TV is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:

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For information about the Centennial of Flight on the Internet, visit:

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For information about the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the Internet, visit:


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