Astronaut Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 18 flight engineer, wears a communication system headset while looking through a window in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station.
Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus will host a live-in-flight education downlink with the Expedition 18 astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS) in a special teleconfence to be held on campus Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009.
The downlink scheduled between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. MST will be a live question-and-answer session connecting select students from the Prescott tri-city area with the ISS astronauts.
To prepare for this event local teachers and students are participation in NASA education activities and developing space-themed questions and experiments being performed by the crew while they live, work and play in space.
Embry-Riddle is one of only a handful of institutions chosen to host NASA’s education downlink this year, with the University’s NASA Education Resource Center (ERC) sponsoring the event.
ERC coordinator Stacy DeVeau is working with area teachers and agencies to encourage student participation as one element of ERC’s mission to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). ERC plays a central role in NASA’s education strategy to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines.
The teleconference will be the highlight of the activities scheduled for the day. In addition to the live presentation on campus, the downlink will air live on NASA Television and will be streamed on the NASA website at www.nasa.gov/ntv. Various members of the campus, the community, and former astronauts are being invited to participate. Due to the nature of the mission work taking place on the ISS, the time of the downlink may change. The news media will be alerted to such changes as quickly as possible.
For more information on the downlink, contact Stacy DeVeau, Embry-Riddle NASA Education Resource Center, at (928) 777- 6281
Author: City of Prescott