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Texas Students To Speak Live With Space Station Astronauts

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students from Mary Marek Elementary School in Pearland, Texas, will speak with Expedition 35 crew members and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy aboard the International Space Station at 11:05 a.m. EDT, Monday, April 8. Media representatives are invited to attend.

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Students will ask the astronauts questions about life, work and scientific research aboard the orbiting laboratory.

To attend the event, reporters must contact Joanna Wang at jwang@alvinisd.net or 281-245-3241. Mary Marek Elementary is at 1947 Kirby Drive in Pearland.

NASA activities have been incorporated into classes at the school in preparation for the long-distance conversation with the space station crew. Linking students directly to the astronauts aboard the station provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study, and the scientific components of space travel and possibilities of life in space.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics 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.

For information about NASA's education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

SOURCE NASA

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