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Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726)
July 27, 2004
RELEASE : 04-245
Teachers To Get An Out-Of-This World Experience
Teachers will have an opportunity to talk this Thursday afternoon with the current residents of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.

Approximately 25 NASA Explorer School (NES) teachers from several states visiting NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will ask questions beginning at approximately 1:15 p.m. EDT to Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, who are now past the halfway point of their six-month Expedition 9 mission.

Questions will include living and working in space and future space exploration. Teachers in Houston and California will also have the opportunity to monitor the discussion while attending education workshops at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

The downlink is an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program, which promotes educational opportunities that use the unique environment of human spaceflight. The program builds partnerships with the education community to create unique learning opportunities through the use of NASA research and educational technology.

Viewers who live in the continental United States can see the program on NASA Television on AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, Transponder 9, 3880 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz. Viewers in Alaska or Hawaii can see the program on AMC-7, at 137 degrees west longitude, Transponder 18, at 4060 MHz, vertical polarization, audio at 6.8 MHz.

NES establishes a three-year partnership between NASA and 50 school teams, consisting of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities nationwide. While partnered with NASA, NES teams will acquire throughout the school year new teaching resources and technology tools using NASA's unique content, experts and other resources to make learning science, mathematics and technology more exciting to students.

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

For information about NASA's Teaching from Space Program on the Internet, visit:


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