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January 13, 2009

Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington



Ruth Dasso Marlaire
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

NASA Astronaut Connects With Utah Students From Space

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Media are invited to witness a chat between students from Utah's only NASA Explorer School and Expedition 18 astronaut Sandra Magnus, who is aboard the International Space Station. This live call from low Earth orbit will take place on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 9:50 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. PST, at the Wendover High School, 110 Wildcat Blvd., in Wendover, Utah.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Jim Langston at 435-830-2448 or by e-mail at: jlangston@tooelesd.org
Wendover High School will become the first school in Utah to receive a live educational downlink from the crew of the space station. Students in grades 7-12, along with faculty and staff, will be given an opportunity to learn more about what life is like in space and how gravity affects our lives on Earth. Wendover High is an alumnus of the NASA Explorer Schools Program.

The program offers a three-year partnership between NASA and school teams, consisting of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities across the country. Focusing on underserved populations, the program is designed to help middle schools from the fourth to ninth grade levels improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math education.

The downlink event is one in a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad. It is an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program. The program promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

The downlink will air live on NASA Television and be streamed on the NASA Web site at:



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For information about the International Space Station, visit:



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