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Virginia Students to Speak Live With Space Station Astronauts



Jan. 23, 2012

Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-1601
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Rachel Kraft
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111
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MEDIA ADVISORY: M12-013

VIRGINIA STUDENTS TO SPEAK LIVE WITH SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS

WASHINGTON -- Students gathered at The University of Virginia College 
at Wise will speak with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and 
Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station at 
9:20 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 26. Media representatives are invited 
to attend. 

Approximately 2,500 students from southwestern Virginia will ask 
questions about life, work and research aboard the space station. 
NASA Associate Administrator for Education and former astronaut 
Leland Melvin will attend, and Gov. Robert McDonnell and U.S. Sen. 
Mark Warner will connect virtually with the event. It will be 
broadcast live on NASA Television.

To attend the event, news media must contact Jennifer Maggard at 
jennifer@xxxxxxxxxxxx or 276-328-6111 no later than noon on 
Wednesday, Jan. 25. The university is located at One College Avenue 
in Wise. 

Students from Wise County Public Schools will participate in science, 
technology, engineering and mathematics learning activities before 
and after the event. A temporary space museum set up at the 
university Jan. 25 - 26 will display a moon rock, a spacesuit like 
those worn by Apollo astronauts and an inflatable replica of NASA's 
Curiosity rover currently en route to the Red Planet. 

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational 
organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM 
teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA's Teaching 
>From Space 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 NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: 


http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For information about NASA's education programs, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/station

To follow Twitter updates from Burbank and Pettit, visit: 

http://twitter.com/AstroCoastie

and 

http://twitter.com/Astro_Pettit

	
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