Phoenix Students To Talk Live With Astronaut In Mission Control

HOUSTON, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mission Control, Houston, talks to astronauts aboard the International Space Station every day, but the famed historic home of American human spaceflight will make a special call to Phoenix students at 9:30 a.m. MST Thursday, Feb. 28.

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Centennial Middle School students will pose their questions to astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who will join them live from Mission Control. Media are invited to attend the event, which will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

The connection is made possible by NASA's Digital Learning Network at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, which regularly brings NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts into classrooms nationwide via virtual connections.

Dyson was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station in 2010 and on space shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 flight in 2007. She is a chemist and has logged 22 hours on spacewalks.

Media interested in attending the event must contact Nancy Dudenhoefer at 480-541-1530 with the Kyrene School District no later than Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The connection with Phoenix students occurs while activities associated with Destination Station, an outreach effort by NASA to share, educate and inspire the public about the International Space Station, are under way in Phoenix and Tucson.

To learn more or request an event for your school with NASA's Digital Learning Network, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/fUWXFP

For more about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/

For more about the Tracy Caldwell Dyson, visit:

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

For information on NASA Television broadcast coordinates, schedule and streaming video, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/ib3NA4

To join the online conversation about the International Space Station and the men and women aboard, follow @NASA_Astronauts and the hashtag #ISS. To learn more about all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/connect

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