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Unique Opportunity for Educators Visiting KSC
Talking to International Space Station (ISS) crew members isn't impossible for NASA Explorer Schools (NES) Program participants visiting Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

On July 22, Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer/NASA ISS Science Officer Ed Lu will entertain educators' questions during a Station downlink from 10:45 - 11:05 a.m. EDT.

Unveiling of NASA Explorer School Program. At left: Unveiling of NASA Explorer Schools program.

Launching June 30, NES is a new NASA education initiative sponsored by the Agency in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association. The three-year partnership between the Agency and 50 NES teams comprises teachers and education administrators from diverse U.S. communities. In addition to ISS interaction, team members acquire new teaching resources and participate in various hands-on activities in a week-long KSC workshop from July 19-26.

Astronaut Don Pettit with NASA Explorer Schools teachers and staff At right: Astronaut Don Pettit with NES teachers and staff.

Science and mathematics teachers from the following schools will participate at KSC: Carol City Elementary School, Opa Locka, Fla.; Stewart Magnet Middle School, Tampa; Oscar Patterson Elementary School, Panama City, Fla.; Howard W. Bishop, Gainesville, Fla.; and Bunche Middle School, Atlanta, Ga.

The ISS program, provided via NASA downlink, is one in a series of downlinks to educational organizations across the country and abroad, and an integral component of NASA's Teaching from Space Program.

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