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

February 27, 2004
RELEASE : 04-075
NASA Earth Crew Webcast Spotlights Space Food
On Monday at 10 a.m. EST, NASA will host the third in a series of six educational webcasts with the NASA Earth Crew. The Earth Crew consists of more than 86,000 students and families who joined through online registration since January 2003. The event is hosted by 14-year-old student Bianca Baker. Baker is an Earth Crew member and a Tree House detective on NASA SciFiles, an instructional TV series for elementary school students. The program is about food and nutrition for space explorers. Guests include Mary Kicza, NASA's Associate Administrator for Biological and Physical Science; Dr. Scott Smith, a nutritionist and manager for Nutritional Biochemistry at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC); and Vickie Kloeris, a Space Shuttle and International Space Station Food Systems scientist at JSC. Kicza and Smith will answer questions submitted in advance by Earth Crew teams through NASA's EdSpace Web site.

The theme of this year's webcast series is "Explorers and Exploration." Each installment focuses on one of NASA's Enterprises: Aeronautics, Biological and Physical Research, Earth Science, Education, Exploration Systems, Space Flight, and Space Science.

"It is exciting for us to give students and their families the opportunity to learn about what we do in each Enterprise," said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education. "By focusing on space food, long a topic of interest among young people, we hope to both educate them about nutrition in space and, hopefully, inspire them to want to learn even more through the study of biological or physical sciences," she added.

The Earth Crew is an initiative of NASA's Educator Astronaut Program. Crewmembers receive updates about new projects; participate in exploration-related activities and webcasts, which occur approximately every two months. They also have the opportunity to provide suggestions to NASA that may help in planning future missions.

The program is available on the Internet and on NASA TV at 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 NASA TV information on the Internet, visit:

To view the webcast on the Internet, more information about the Educator Astronaut Program and the Earth Crew, visit:

For information about NASA's Education programs on the Internet, visit:

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