NASA Astronauts On Space Station Connect With Houston Students

HOUSTON -- International Space Station astronaut Shannon Walker will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 29 to students from three schools she attended while growing up in Houston. Students from Parker Elementary and Westbury High School will join those gathered at Johnston Middle School to ask questions of Flight Engineer Walker and station Commander Doug Wheelock from 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. CDT.

Media planning to attend should contact Norm Uhl via email at
nuhl@houstonisd.org .

Walker is the first native Houstonian astronaut. She has been living
on the International Space Station since June. Walker was assigned to
Expedition 24/25 for a six-month stay and will return to Earth in
late November. She has been employed at NASA's Johnson Space Center
since 1987 and was selected as an astronaut in May 2004.

Students have been preparing for the downlink by participating in
science lessons and studying the space station. To determine who will
have the opportunity to ask questions, Johnston students filled out
applications where they explained the impact the space station has
had on society and their interest in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics.

This live, in-flight education 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 spaceflight.

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


For information about NASA's education programs, visit:


For information about the International Space Station and the crew, visit:


Source: NASA

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