Media Advisory: 00-097

Attention: Early Morning
Thursday and Friday March 23 &

6-10 a.m. EST

10 Minute Windows–With B-Roll

  • Students in Patricia Edwards’ class at Rainbow Middle School in
    Gadsden, Ala. are part of unique NASA communication program
    designed for scientists on Earth to talk to Space Station crews.

  • Students talked live, via the Internet, with astronauts and scientists at
    NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center during testing of a computer
    system called the Telescience Resource Kit (TReK).

  • NASA provided TReK hardware and software to 26 classrooms
    across the United States.

  • Students linked directly to the Payload Operations Center at Marshall
    — the command post for all science aboard the Space Station —
    helping NASA fine-tune the network.

  • In the future, scientists on the ground will use TReK to get information
    from, and transmit commands to, experiments onboard the Space

  • Students will also have opportunities to communicate directly with
    astronauts onboard the Space Station.

  • The project’s creator will talk about what TReK means for your
    students, teachers and NASA.

                                    Bob Bradford
                                    Marshall Space Flight Center
     Satellite Windows:
                                    10 minutes
     Satellite Coordinates:
                                    GE-2, Transponder 9C,
                                    85 degrees west longitude,
                                    Frequency: 3880 MHz, audio: 6.8
     Satellite Interview Information:
     Lindsey Rawl, Producer
     (256) 544-2228

    Beeper (256) 544-1183 PIN 0025
    Story Information:
    Steve Roy, Media Relations
    (256) 544-0034