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Dwayne Brown/Renee Juhans
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726/1712)

Jan. 5, 2005
New York Students Call Space Station Crew
Students in Schenectady, N.Y., begin the New Year with a special long distance phone call. They are calling Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov of the International Space Station Expedition 10 crew.

The event, including a video link with the crew, is Friday from 9:50 to 10:10 a.m. EST. Students from Central Park Middle School will chat with the crew and learn about the vital role the Station plays in the Vision for Space Exploration. The Schenectady School District will broadcast the event throughout the area to enable students from other schools to view the call live.

This activity supports NASA's efforts to encourage students to study and possibly pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The video calls enhance education opportunities that use the unique environment of human space flight. They are an integral part of NASA's Teaching from Space Program, which builds partnerships with the education community.

The downlink airs live on the Web and on NASA TV, available in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, visit:

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


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