High school students will speak with the International Space Station crew from approximately 9:37 to 9:55 a.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 15. The event will be live on the Web and NASA TV from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 1219 Broad Street, Durham, N.C.

Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev will answer questions about their mission. North Carolina is McArthur’s home state, and he grew up in Robeson County. The Robeson Planetarium and Science Center will also participate in the downlink. To attend the event, media must contact Craig Rowe at: (919) 416-2872 for access information.

Station downlinks are integral to NASA’s Teaching from Space Program. It promotes learning partnerships using NASA research and technology, and it creates unique opportunities for students to interact with astronauts as they work in space.

NASA TV’s Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they’re on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. For NASA TV digital downlink information and access to NASA TV’s Public Channel on the Web, visit:


For information about the crew and the space station, visit: