Winter High School Alumnus in Orbit on Space Station Will Talk with Wisconsin Students, State Representative

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HOUSTON -- Wisconsin Rep. Mary Williams will attend a discussion Jan.
6, 2010, among astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth and students
from two Wisconsin schools. International Space Station Commander
Jeff Williams and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi
will speak with students from Winter School in Winter, Wis., and Lac
Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School in Hayward, Wis.

Williams, Creamer and Noguchi are members of the station's Expedition
22 crew. Williams is a 1976 graduate of Winter High School and
considers Winter his hometown.

The live call from orbit will take place between 8:40 a.m. and 9 a.m.
CST during an event at Winter High School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. The event will include videos of the astronauts' launches to the
orbiting outpost aboard Soyuz rockets. Additionally, Mike Simonson of
Wisconsin Public Radio will display objects brought back from
Williams' launch in Kazakhstan.

Students have been preparing for the downlink by studying science
experiments, designing presentations and creating space and
mission-themed art projects. Students also have made a welcome center
in the main entrance of the school that contains a moonscape, 3-D
star and planet mobiles, a spaceship and an astronaut.

The downlink is one in 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 Education office. Teaching From Space
promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the
education community using the unique environment of human

NASA Television will air video of Williams, Creamer and Noguchi during
the downlink. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video
information, visit:


For information about NASA's education programs, visit:


For information about the space shuttle program, visit:


Source: NASA

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