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International Space Station Crew to Talk with Students in Los Angeles

Students and faculty from California State University, Los Angeles, along with high school students from the Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science High School, will gather at the university at 10:10 a.m. PST Thursday, Feb. 20, to speak with Expedition 38 crew members currently aboard the International Space Station.

The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Students will get to ask NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, questions about living and working aboard the space station. Educators have been preparing their students for the conversation with the crew by incorporating NASA activities in their classrooms.
The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call is one of a series of events planned for Feb. 15-27 as part of Destination Station: Los Angeles — NASA’s campaign to showcase its newest multimedia exhibit at the California Science Center.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Paul Browning at 323-343-3044 or California State University is at 5151 State University Drive in Los Angeles.

Destination Station is NASA’s national awareness campaign to showcase space station research opportunities, educate the public about station activities, and communicate the current and potential future impacts of the station on everyday life here on Earth. The exhibit is free with admission to the California Science Center and open to the public through April 7.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

For more about Destination Station, visit:

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

For information about the International Space Station, visit:


Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington
Ashlé Harris
Johnson Space Center, Houston