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NASA Earth Crew Has Friends in High Places
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NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe hosted the first in a series of six Earth Crew educational Web casts, carried live on NASA TV and the Internet, on October 7. Over 40,000 students and families had the opportunity to participate in the event, which also featured NASA Associate Administrator for Education Dr. Adena Williams Loston.

Serving as host for the Web cast was 14-year-old student Bianca Baker, an Earth Crew member and a Tree House detective on NASA SciFiles -- an instructional TV series for elementary school students. Mr. O'Keefe and Dr. Loston answered questions submitted in advance by Earth Crew members through NASA's EdSpace Web site.

NASA Earth Crew members truly have friends in high places, with opportunities to communicate through questions to high-level agency officials through Earth Crew membership. The Earth Crew, an initiative of NASA's Educator Astronaut Program, is comprised of students, families and educators who receive updates about new projects, participate in exploration-related activities and Web casts, and have the opportunity to provide suggestions to NASA that may help in planning upcoming missions.

This year's Web cast series is just one of many ways that NASA reaches out and encourages not only Earth Crew members, but all of America's youth to get excited about the wonderful worlds of math, science and technology. The series will focus on "Explorers and Exploration," within each of NASA's six Enterprises: Aerospace Technology, Biological and Physical Research, Earth Science, Education, Space Flight, and Space Science. The Web casts, scheduled every two months, are a fun and entertaining way for NASA to achieve its mission to inspire the next generation of explorers.

"It is important that NASA reach out to young people and instill in them an excitement about the missions and discoveries that are at the core of what NASA does," remarked Administrator O'Keefe. "I believe that the Earth Crew Web cast series is a powerful means for us to demonstrate to a wide audience of students our own enthusiasm for what we do and to encourage them to share in it with us."

The next Web cast in the series, scheduled to air in early December, will focus on NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, featuring Associate Administrator Ghassem R. Asrar. Keep checking the NASA Web site for updates on the Earth Crew Web cast schedule.

To view upcoming Earth Crew Web casts on the Internet, or for more information about the Educator Astronaut Program and the Earth Crew, visit: