NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Secretary of ?Education Arne Duncan are hosting Washington area middle and high? school students Thursday, Nov. 5, for a live discussion with astronauts aboard? the International Space Station.?
The ISS as seen from the Space Shuttle in March 2009. (NASA Photo) Students from the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School and the Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology will speak with the space station’s Expedition 21 crew.
The live call to the astronauts will take place at Department of Education headquarters in downtown Washington.?
?The event is part of the 10th annual celebration of International ?Education Week, so the students will ask the crew members questions? in English, French, German and Russian. The week highlights? international education and international exchange. This year's theme ?is "Creating a Vision for a Better Future."?
?The international Expedition 21 crew participating in the event?consists of NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Nicole Stott, European ?Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne, Canadian Space Agency? astronaut Robert Thirsk and Russian cosmonauts Roman Romanenko and ?Maxim Suraev.?
?Also participating are Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez and Christer Fuglesang, who recently ?flew on NASA's STS-128 space shuttle mission, and former astronaut? Don Thomas, a veteran of four spaceflights.?
?The downlink is one in 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 office. The office promotes learning? opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community? using the unique environment of human spaceflight.?
?For information about NASA's education programs, visit www.nasa.gov/education?.
??For information about the International Space Station, visit www.nasa.gov/station.
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