Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kansas Students: Connect With International Space Station Crew For Out Of This World Conversation

WASHINGTON -- Astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth will discuss science and living in space with students from Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet School in Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday, March 2.

The call between the students and International Space Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi will take place from 10:35 to 10:55 a.m. CST. The event will be held at Exploration Place in Wichita. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Susan Arensman of Wichita Public Schools at 316-973-4582.

NASA has a number of employees who work in the station's mission operations who are from Wichita or attended Wichita State University. Journalists interested in speaking with these employees should contact Kelly Humphries at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at 281-483-5111.

Mueller students prepared for the downlink by hosting an Aviation Day during which students had the opportunity to fly in a plane. An Engineering Extravaganza showcased student projects that use the engineering design process. Students also participated in an "Ask an Astronaut" contest where the community voted on the top student questions. Wichita State University College of Education students have been presenting lessons to the students and will continue that partnership after the downlink.

The event is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA project that uses the unique environment of human spaceflight to promote learning opportunities and build partnerships with the kindergarten through 12th grade education community.

NASA Television will air video from the space station during the event. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

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For information about the International Space Station, visit: