Oregon Students To Talk With Orbiting Space Station Astronauts

WASHINGTON -- International Space Station residents Scott Kelly, Cady
Coleman and Paolo Nespoli will speak to approximately 250 school
students in McMinnville, Ore., about what it is like to live and work in space.

The astronauts will make the long-distance connection to students
gathered at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum on Wednesday,
Jan. 19, from 12:15-12:35 p.m. EST. The event will air live on NASA
Television and on the agency's website.

Media representatives interested in attending this event should
contact Kasey Richter at 503-434-4185 x4790 by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17.

The museum is located at 500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way in McMinnville.

The live downlink will include students in grades 8 to 12 attending
the McMinnville School District's Engineering Pathway - Engineering,
Aerospace and Sciences Academy, which meets daily at the museum.
Other local students in kindergarten through eighth grades also will
participate in the event.

NASA astronauts Kelly and Coleman and Nespoli of the European Space
Agency are conducting science experiments aboard the space station.
Kelly serves as the Expedition 26 commander until March when he
returns home. Coleman and Nespoli will complete their station mission in May.

The downlink 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 NASA's Teaching From Space education program.

The program 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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