- Press Release
- Oct 31, 2023
Cyber Space Day: Living and Working in Space; Space Day 2000 Features Live, Interactive Webcast For Children Around the World
During the 3rd annual Cyber Space Day
Webcast on May 4th, millions of children across the country and around the
world will use interactive technology to hear, first hand, about Living and
Working In Space.
The three-hour Cyber Space Day Webcast will allow children
to personally interact with our nation’s space pioneers to learn about the
history, challenges and future of space exploration.
The Webcast will introduce children to everything from intergalactic teeth
brushing, breakfast in zero gravity and visions of space travel in the 21st
Cyber Space Day will be broadcast live from 12:00 noon-3 p.m. EST
from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on Space Day.
Engaging and informative, Cyber Space Day will feature adults and children
who are caught up in the excitement of space exploration including teams of
students from across the country who will present their innovative solutions
to the Space Day Design Challenges.
During the program, Space Day Partners
will also unveil several exciting new educational initiatives and national
Hosted by Miles O’Brien of CNN and Carole Simpson of ABC, the Webcast will
feature astronaut and former Senator John Glenn and Dr. Sally Ride, the first
American woman to fly in space, among other space explorers.
Students will be
able to pose questions live to the Webcast guests, take Space Day quizzes and
participate in the first-ever Space Day survey.
To maximize participation,
students can also participate in Cyber Space Day chat room during the Webcast.
Cyber Space Day will be broadcast on the World Wide Web from 12:00 noon to
3:00 p.m. EST and can be accessed via the official Space Day Web site:
Each hour will be devoted to the following:
Hosted by Miles O’Brien of CNN, the first hour will begin with Senator
John Glenn and Dan Goldin, NASA Administrator.
Other guests will include Dr.
Kathryn Clark, Chief Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS);
Daniel La Bry, Senior Vice President of the Challenger Center for Space
Science Education and NASA astronauts who are training to live and work aboard
Thanks to a special tour of the “Living in Space” exhibit at Space Center
Houston, viewers will learn how a crew lives aboard a space ship.
will be shown how to eat, drink and bathe in space and experience some of the
techniques that astronauts use in space for such simple activities as brushing
In Hour One, the first student Design Challenge team will
demonstrate their solution to the water purification challenge.
Hosted by Carole Simpson of ABC, Hour Two will focus on the many
challenges of working in space including the problem of communication.
will include General John Dailey, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air
and Space Museum; Dr. Sally Ride, first American woman to fly in space and
President of SPACE.com; Dr. Valerie Neal, Curator of post-Apollo human space
flight at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; Phil West, NASA’s
Project Manager of Extravehicular Activity Tools for the International Space
Station, and several NASA mission specialists.
Student guests will include several young people from Georgia whose
butterfly experiment flew on the Space Shuttle STS 93 in 1999.
Design Challenge team that successfully solved the communication challenge
will demonstrate their solution and take questions from the audience.
Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist, Melinda Wittstock, the final hour
will explore what the next generation may learn from space exploration in the
Guests will include NASA futurist John Connolly; Dr. John
Charles, the man responsible for the health and welfare of NASA astronauts in
their long-duration space flights; Dr. Bernard Harris, former astronaut and
Vice President for Science at SPACEHAB Inc.; Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man
on the Moon and Executive Editor at SPACE.com.
A student Design Challenge team that produced an innovative solution to
keeping fit in space will be interviewed.
Special guests will include the
recipient of the newly established Freida J. Riley Award in honor of the
teacher who inspired the “Rocket Boys.”
Their story was told in the movie,
Cyber Space Day is produced in cooperation with the Smithsonian’s National
Air and Space Museum, the Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston,
SpaceWatch.com and Starport.com.
Space Day is an annual celebration dedicated
to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the
exploration and use of space.
The Cyber Space Day Webcast will be fully interactive and available on the
Internet through a 28.8 modem or faster connection.
The RealPlayer software
needed to see and hear the Webcast can be downloaded in advance for no charge
After the live event, the Webcast will be archived and
posted on www.spaceday.com.