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East Coast Students to Speak Live With Space Station Commander

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-019 East to Live With WASHINGTON — Students participating in a U.S. Coast Guard Academy mentoring program will speak with Expedition 30 Dan Burbank aboard the International Station at 11:15 EST on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Burbank, a NASA astronaut and retired Coast Guard captain, will talk to kindergarten through 12th-grade students about life on the space station. The event, hosted by the academy, will be broadcast live on NASA Television and include video of Burbank in the live question-and-answer session.

The mentored students, accompanied by their Coast Guard cadet mentors, will participate from five schools across the Eastern seaboard, including Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut in New London, Conn.; The Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology in Baltimore; Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School in Atlanta; Key Biscayne K-8 Center in Miami; and Maritime and Science Academy, also in Miami. Through the guidance of their mentors, students are learning about space and preparing for this interactive event.

Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin arrived at the station Nov. 15. NASA’s Don Pettit, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers joined the crew on Dec. 23.

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 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.

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
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
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Texas Students to Speak Live With Space Station Crew

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-014 to Live With Crew WASHINGTON — Fifth- through eighth-grade students at Asa Low Intermediate School in Mansfield, Texas, will with NASA’s Expedition 30 Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station at 11:50 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Media representatives are invited to attend. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

On Jan. 27, the students will take part in a series of activities focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The school also will host a space night to share lessons about space with students. Administrators temporarily have renamed the school “N”Asa Low in honor of the event.

To attend, media representatives must contact Richie Escovedo at richieescovedo@misdmail.org or 817-299-6349. Asa Low Intermediate School is located at 1526 N. Walnut Creek Drive.

Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin arrived at the station Nov. 15. Pettit, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko joined them Dec. 23.

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 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.

The exact time of the downlink could change. 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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Virginia Students to Speak Live With Space Station Astronauts

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-013 to Live With WASHINGTON — Students gathered at The University of College at Wise will speak with Expedition 30 Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the International 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 Administrator for Education 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 Apollo 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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Montana Students Submit Winning Names for NASA Lunar Spacecraft

RELEASE : 12-019 for NASA WASHINGTON — Twin NASA that achieved orbit around the moon New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have new names thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Montana. Their winning entry, “Ebb and Flow,” was selected as part of a nation-wide school contest that began in October 2011.

The names were submitted by fourth graders from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School. Nearly 900 classrooms with more than 11,000 students from 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, participated in the contest. Previously named Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL A and B, the washing machine-sized spacecraft begin science operations in March.

“The 28 students of Nina DiMauro’s class at the Emily Dickinson Elementary School have really hit the nail on the head,” said Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal investigator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “We were really impressed that the students drew their inspiration by researching GRAIL and its goal of measuring gravity. Ebb and Flow truly capture the spirit and excitement of our mission.”

Zuber and Sally Ride, America’s first woman in and CEO of Sally Ride Science in San Diego, selected the names following the contest, which attracted 890 proposals via the Internet and mail. The contest invited ideas from students ages 5 to 18 enrolled in U.S. schools. Although everything from spelling and grammar to creativity were considered, Zuber and Ride primarily took into account the quality of submitted essays.

“With submissions from all over the United States and even some from abroad, there were a lot of great entries to review,” Ride said. “This contest generated a great deal of excitement in classrooms across America, and along with it an opportunity to use that excitement to teach science.”

GRAIL is NASA’s first planetary mission carrying instruments fully dedicated to education and public outreach. Each spacecraft carries a small camera called GRAIL MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students). Thousands of students in grades five through eight will select target areas on the lunar surface and send requests for study to the GRAIL MoonKAM Mission Operations Center in San Diego.

The winning prize for the Dickinson students is to choose the first camera images. Dickinson is one of nearly 2,000 schools registered for the MoonKAM program, which is led by Ride and her team at Sally Ride Science in collaboration with undergraduate students at the University of California in San Diego.

“These spacecraft represent not only great science but great inspiration for our future,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division in Washington. “As they study our lunar neighbor, Ebb and Flow will undergo nearly the same motion as the tides we feel here on Earth.”

Launched in September 2011, Ebb and Flow will be placed in a near-polar, near-circular orbit with an altitude of about 34 miles (55 kilometers). During their science mission, the duo will answer longstanding questions about the moon and give scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., manages the GRAIL mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The GRAIL mission is part of the Discovery Program managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver built the spacecraft.

To read the winning submission visit:

https://moonkam.ucsd.edu/about/spacecraft_names

Information about MoonKAM is available online at:

https://moonkam.ucsd.edu

For more information about GRAIL visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/grail

or

http://grail.nasa.gov

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NASA and Students to Announce New Names for Twin Lunar Probes

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-005 NASA and to New for Twin WASHINGTON — NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Jan. 17, to announce the selected from a nationwide student contest for twin that will study the moon in unprecedented detail. The event will be held in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E Street SW, in Washington.

Nine hundred schools and more than 11,000 students from 45 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, participated in the contest that began in October 2011.

The agency’s twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL A/B) spacecraft successfully achieved lunar orbit on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively. The status of the spacecraft and upcoming plans for science operations also will be discussed.

NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the live event. Journalists can participate from NASA centers or join by phone. To obtain dial-in information, media representatives must contact Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov, by noon EST, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The participants are:

— John Grunsfeld, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
— Leland Melvin, associate administrator for Education, NASA Headquarters
— Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
— Sally Ride, president and CEO, Sally Ride Science, San Diego
— Teacher and students submitting the selected names

The event will be carried live on Ustream, with a live chat box available, at:

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

For more information about GRAIL visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/grail

or

http://grail.nasa.gov

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