Press Release

Alabama Students To Chat With Space Station Commander

By SpaceRef Editor
October 18, 2011
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Alabama Students To Chat With Space Station Commander

WASHINGTON — Students gathered at Carver High School in Birmingham, Ala., will speak with Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum aboard the International Space Station at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 21. Media representatives are invited to attend.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama also will join the students. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and include video of Fossum. To attend the event, reporters must contact Allison Abney in Sewell’s office at 202-225-1710 or by 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Carver High School is located at 3900 24th St. N. in Birmingham.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grades will ask Fossum questions about life, work and research in space. They have been taking part in a series of activities leading up to the event, which is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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 education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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SpaceRef staff editor.