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Station Astronauts Capture Stunning Views of U.S., Canada, Northern Lights

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-027 of U.S., , HOUSTON — Astronauts aboard the Station recently filmed what is among the most spectacular night imagery ever taken from of the United States. The video, comprised of hundreds of sequential still images, will air on NASA Television’s video file beginning today.

The imagery also is available on the internet at NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth:

http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov
Taken between Jan. 29-Feb. 3, the images show a continent ablaze with light, from the electric glow of hundreds of cities to a spectacular aurora borealis flickering on the northern horizon. The video includes flights above Mexico showing the entire Gulf Coast and continuing the length of the East Coast. Other video capture scenes from Brownsville, Texas, to the Great Lakes and above the St. Lawrence Seaway. Still another sequence begins in the western U.S. and continues across the Great Plains.

New imagery also shows the aurora during flights above Canada. The imagery was taken using a still camera aboard the station, orbiting 240 miles above Earth. For more about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station
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New Jersey Education Consortium Hosts Live Chat with Space Station Astronauts

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-030 New Live Chat with WASHINGTON — and educators from Sussex County, N.J., will gather at Newton High School on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to further their space studies by speaking live with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the Space Station. The Earth-to-space communication will take place at 10 a.m. EST and be broadcast live on NASA Television.

The students participating in the event range from kindergarten through 12th grade. They represent the Newton, Andover Regional and Green Township school districts in Sussex County, all of which are part of the Tri-District Curriculum Consortium. U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is expected to join the group for this special event.

Reporters wanting to attend the event must contact Mary Decker at mdecker@newtonnj.org or 973-383-7392, ext. 230, by noon Tuesday, Feb. 21. Newton High School is located at 44 Reyerson Ave. in Newton.

The students participated in a variety of space-focused science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational initiatives in preparation for the space station downlink. They also designed a special patch to commemorate their interaction with the orbiting astronauts.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching from Space 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 NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
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 To follow Twitter updates from Burbank and Pettit, visit: http://twitter.com/AstroCoastie and http://twitter.com/Astro_Pettit – end – text-only version of this release

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NASA, University Of Maryland Invite Public To Astronauts’ Discussion Of Recent International Space Station Missions

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MEDIA ADVISORY : M11-018 NASA, University Of Maryland Public To ’ Discussion Of Recent WASHINGTON — NASA and the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering invite the public to a discussion with three astronauts from recent International Space Station expedition at 5:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Hoff Theater inside the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. The crew members will give a video presentation about their mission and answer questions from the audience.

Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be picked up from the Stamp Union ticket office daily between noon and 10 p.m., starting Monday, Feb. 6. Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Missy Corley at 301-405-6501 or mcorley@umd.edu.

Mike Fossum served as a flight engineer for Expedition 28 and as commander for Expedition 29. During his stay, the station celebrated 11 years of continuous residence and work. Fossum returned to Earth on Nov. 21, 2011. He has logged more than 194 days in space, including more than 48 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA) in seven spacewalks. He is seventh on the all-time list of cumulative EVA time.

Ron Garan served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 27 and 28. While aboard the station, Garan continued work on a variety of microgravity experiments and welcomed two shuttle visits, including the last to the station. Garan landed on Sept. 15, 2011. He has logged more than 178 days in space, including 27 hours and 3 minutes outside the station during four spacewalks.

Cady Coleman served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 26 and 27. She was the lead robotics and science officer. While aboard, the station hosted a record number of visiting spacecraft: five vehicles from four space agencies. She returned to Earth on May 24, 2011. Coleman has logged over 4,330 hours in space aboard the station and space shuttle Columbia.

The trio also will give a presentation earlier in the day to NASA employees at 10:30 a.m. in NASA Headquarters’ James E. Webb Auditorium, located at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The presentation will air live on NASA Television and the ’s website. The astronauts will be available for media interviews from 9 to 10 a.m. Journalists must call 202-358-1100 to attend the presentation or to schedule an interview.

For more information about Fossum, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fossum.html

http://www.twitter.com/astro_aggie

For more information about Garan, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/garan-rj.html

http://www.twitter.com/Astro_Ron

For more information about Coleman, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/coleman.html

http://www.twitter.com/astro_cady For more information about the A. James Clark School of Engineering, visit:

http://www.eng.umd.edu/impact/space For a map of the University of Maryland campus and location of the Stamp Student Union (Building 163), visit:

http://bit.ly/zku8ht 

For NASA TV schedule information and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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Virginia Students to Speak Live With Space Station Astronauts

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-013 to Live With Astronauts WASHINGTON — gathered at The of College at Wise will speak with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the Space Station at 9:20 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 26. Media representatives are invited to attend.

Approximately 2,500 students from southwestern Virginia will ask questions about life, work and research aboard the space station. NASA Associate for and former astronaut Leland Melvin will attend, and Gov. Robert McDonnell and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will connect virtually with the event. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

To attend the event, news media must contact Jennifer Maggard at jennifer@courtbar.org or 276-328-6111 no later than noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The university is located at One College Avenue in Wise.

Students from Wise County Public Schools will participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning activities before and after the event. A temporary space museum set up at the university Jan. 25 – 26 will display a moon rock, a spacesuit like those worn by astronauts and an inflatable replica of NASA’s Curiosity rover currently en route to the Red Planet.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space 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 NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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

To follow Twitter updates from Burbank and Pettit, visit:

http://twitter.com/AstroCoastie

and

http://twitter.com/Astro_Pettit

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NASA ADMINISTRATOR MEETS WITH APOLLO ASTRONAUTS; Agency Will Work Cooperatively to Resolve Artifact Ownership Issues

RELEASE : 12-006 NASA WITH ;
Will Work to Washington — The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the ownership of early exploration mementos and artifacts:

“Earlier today, I had a good meeting with former Apollo astronauts Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan, Charlie Duke, Rusty Schweickart and other representatives of former astronauts and agency personnel, where we discussed how to resolve the misunderstandings and ownership questions regarding flight mementos and other artifacts.

“These are American heroes, fellow astronauts, and personal friends who have acted in good faith, and we have committed to work together to find the right policy and legal paths forward to address outstanding ownership questions.

“I believe there have been fundamental misunderstandings and unclear policies regarding items from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs, and NASA appreciates the position of the astronauts, museums, learning institutions and others who have these historic artifacts in personal and private collections.

“We also appreciate their patience and will explore all policy, legislative and other legal means to resolve these questions expeditiously and clarify ownership of these mementos, and ensure that appropriate artifacts are preserved and available for display to the American people.”

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