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

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

July 17, 2003
RELEASE : 03-241
Expedition 7 Crew Talks With NASA Explorer Schools Educators
Cosmonaut and International Space Station Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut, Space Station Science Officer, Ed Lu will chat with educators at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) who are participating in NASA's Explorer Schools Program. The special Space Station downlink session is July 22 from 10:45 to 11:05 a.m. EDT.

Five NASA Explorer Schools teams participating: Carol City Elementary School, Opa Locka, Fla.; Oscar Patterson Elementary School, Panama City, Fla.; Howard W. Bishop Middle School, Gainesville, Fla.; Stewart Magnet Middle School, Tampa, Fla.; and R. S. Bunche Middle School, Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to the interaction with the Station crew, team members will acquire new teaching resources and participate in a variety of hands-on activities in a week-long workshop at KSC July 19-26.

The NASA Explorer Schools Program, launched on June 30, is a new agency education initiative in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The program establishes a three-year partnership between the agency and 50 NASA Explorer Schools teams, consisting of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities throughout the country. The goal of the program is to increase student interest in science, math, and technology and enhance their knowledge of careers in those areas.

The International Space Station program, provided by NASA, is one in a series of downlinks to educational organizations across the country and abroad, and an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program.

The Teaching from Space Program, managed from the Johnson Space Center, Houston, creates educational opportunities using the unique environment of human space flight. The program builds partnerships with education communities to create unique learning opportunities through the use of NASA research and education technology.

Media interested in observing the downlink and speaking with Explorer Schools team members at KSC should contact: Tracy Young, 321/867-2468.

The downlink will be broadcast live on NASA TV, available via satellite through AMC-9, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880.0 Mhz and audio of 6.80 Mhz.

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