Students in rural West Texas will make a special “Lone Star” long-distance phone call to Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov of the International Space Station Expedition 10 crew.

The event will include a video link with the crew. The call will take place Monday Feb. 28 from 12:05 to 12:25 p.m. EST. Students from South Plains College, Levelland, Texas, will be joined by area high-school students. They will chat with the crew and learn about the vital role the Station plays in the Vision for Space Exploration. They also will gain insight into scientific careers and resources, as well as an understanding of basic science principles and concepts related to life in microgravity.

This activity supports NASA’s efforts to encourage students to study and possibly pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The video calls enhance education opportunities that use the unique environment of human space flight. They are an integral part of NASA’s Teaching from Space Program that builds partnerships with the education community.

The downlink airs live on the Web and on NASA TV, available 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 is available 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.

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