Press Release

Education Secretary, NASA Scientist and DC Students Make Long Distance Call to Space Station for International Education Week

By SpaceRef Editor
November 13, 2001
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U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige; Roger Crouch, NASA
International Space Station (ISS) Senior Scientist and former space
shuttle astronaut; Paul Vance, Superintendent, District of Columbia
Public Schools; and sixth-graders at John Quincy Adams Elementary
School in Washington will make a long-distance call to the
International Space Station Nov. 15 as part of International
Education Week. The event — part of an entire morning of
educational activities — begins at 11:50 a.m. EST, and reporters
are invited to attend.

During the call, students will have the opportunity to learn about
living and working in space through a question-and-answer session
with the three crewmembers aboard the orbiting outpost. The current
crew, comprised of U.S. Commander Frank Culbertson and Pilot
Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, both of
Russia, “moved into” the station in August and will return home in
December when the new crew arrives. The ISS project represents 16
countries, working together to further exploration of outer space
and conducting research for the benefit of all humankind.

Paige and Crouch will be available for a media opportunity
immediately following the event with the station crew. To make
arrangements to cover this event, please call Kirsten Larson at
202/358-0243 or Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak at 202/401-
1307/2311. Reporters should arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. John
Quincy Adams Elementary School is located at 2020 19th Street, NW,
Washington. In addition, reporters may attend the entire morning of
activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. A full agenda is below.

International Education Week (IEW) was established in 2000,
underscoring the importance of international partnerships and
international education in today’s global environment. The ISS theme
was chosen this year to highlight events and activities that
demonstrate the importance of math, science, technology, engineering
and international skills.

The space station event will be televised live on NASA Television.
NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West
longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and
audio of 6.8 MHz. Portions of the program will be replayed on the
NASA TV video file feed beginning immediately following the event,
and again at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST.

International Education Week Program

John Quincy Adams Elementary School



9:30 a.m. Living and working in space program, Auditorium
Roger Crouch, ISS Senior Scientist

10:30 a.m. Space-related, interactive activities for sixth-graders,
Science Classroom

11:50 a.m. Live, interactive event with the ISS crew, Science
Classroom

More information about International Education Week can be found on
NASA’s Web site at:

http://education.nasa.gov/IEW2001

SpaceRef staff editor.