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

Jonas Dino
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
(Phone: 650/604-5612

February 11, 2004
NASA Connects Rural California Science Teachers To Space
NASA is using its unique capabilities to connect teachers in rural northern California to space and helping them develop teaching tools to inspire the next generation of explorers. Thursday, NASA will provide K-12 science teachers and students from rural Shasta, Tehama and Trinity counties the opportunity to chat with the crew of the International Space Station at 12:40 p.m. EST at Shasta College, Redding, Calif.

The downlink is live on NASA TV, 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:

The downlink is part of a professional development program, Project Advanced Rural Integrated Science Education (ARISE), designed to bring world-class resources to rural classrooms. Project ARISE is a collaborative effort between the Shasta County Office of Education, and Shasta College, with support and resources from The Exploratorium, San Francisco, and NASA's Ames Research Center. "Fulfilling NASA's mission of inspiring the next generation of explorers begins with highly trained and dedicated teachers," said Donald James, director of education at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. "NASA is dedicated to helping provide teachers the necessary resources to inspire the students who may eventually become the first astronauts to step on Mars."

The Digital California Project will deliver the downlink to classrooms throughout California. The project is a state-funded effort to build the necessary network infrastructure required to enable California's schools to take advantage of tomorrow's advances in network technology. The downlink can also be viewed at 4:00 p.m. EST on the Shasta County Office of Education Web site.


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