NASA will host a webcast Thursday, October 9, with
students and others around the world, giving them a peek
inside America’s space program, in celebration of World Space
Week 2003.

The webcast, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EDT, will originate
from one of NASA’s astronaut training facilities in Houston.
The event will feature live discussions and opportunities to
ask questions of astronaut and International Space Station
(ISS) Program Scientist Don Thomas and Robotics Flight
Controller Royce Renfrew.

“What better way to exemplify World Space Week than literally
using technology to bring youth from around the world in to
see and share in the excitement of the International Space
Station,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, International Space Station
Program Manager.

To view the webcast on the Internet, visit:

Poised inside the Japanese Experiment Module, “Kibo,” Thomas
will explain what it is like to live and work in space, and
elaborate on the scientific research being done on the ISS.
Renfrew will describe how robotic systems are helping build
and maintain the ISS, and grant viewers a sneak peek into his
career as a Robotics Flight Controller. Students can submit
questions in advance or during the webcast through the above
Web site.

World Space Week, declared by the United Nations as an
international celebration of space held October 4-10 each
year, has a primary goal to excite children about science and

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