Space Station Astronauts Connect Live With D.C. Students

WASHINGTON - To highlight International Education Week (IEW), NASA and
the U.S. Department of Education will host a live long-distance call
for students with International Space Station residents Scott Kelly,
Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock.

NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin and Secretary
of Education Arne Duncan will join students from Hart Middle School
and Deal Middle School in Washington to discuss living and working in
space with the ISS crew. The downlink is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov.
23, from 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. EST, and will air live on NASA
Television and the agency's website.

Media representatives interested in attending the event should contact
Jim Bradshaw at the Department of Education at jim.bradshaw@ed.gov by
5:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. The event will take place at the
Department of Education's auditorium located at 400 Maryland Avenue,
S.W. in Washington.

Both schools have teachers from the Teach for America program who
helped develop the event. Teach for America is a network of top
college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years
to expand educational opportunities in urban and rural public schools.

This year's IEW theme is "International Education: Striving for a
Sustainable Future." IEW continues a long-standing partnership
between NASA and the Education Department that celebrates the
benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Kelly, Walker and Wheelock are living and conducting science
experiments aboard the space station for about six months. Wheelock,
who is commander of the station's Expedition 25, and Walker are due
to return to Earth Thursday, Nov. 25. Kelly will remain on board,
serving as the Expedition 26 commander, until March.

The live, in-flight education downlink is one 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 Education
program that 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:


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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