Minnesota and Wisconsin students will experience the excitement of space flight next week when they make an out-of-this-world phone call to the International Space Station Expedition 10 crew.

The event is from 10:40 to 11 a.m. EST, Tuesday, February 8, at Crossroads Elementary School, St. Paul, Minn. The event includes a video downlink with Station Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. Nearly 700 students in grades 3-8 are expected to participate. Community residents may view the event live through a partnership with a local television station.

The students represent four area NASA Explorer Schools:

  • Crossroads Elementary School, St. Paul
  • Farnsworth Aerospace Elementary Magnet School, St. Paul
  • Bryn-Mawr Elementary and Anwatin Middle School, Minneapolis (Partnering as one NASA Explorer School)
  • Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland, Wisc.

This activity supports NASA’s efforts to encourage students to study and possibly pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These events enhance education opportunities using the unique environment of human space flight, and they are an integral part of NASA’s Teaching from Space Program.

The downlink airs live on the Web and on NASA TV in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV airs on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA’s education programs on the Internet, visit: