Indiana Students Will Talk Live With Space Station Commander

Commander Dan Burbank
Students at the Westchester Intermediate School in Chesterton, Ind., will speak with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank aboard the International Space Station at approximately 11:35 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 9. Media representatives are invited to attend. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Fifth- and sixth-grade students will ask Burbank questions about living and working in space aboard the orbiting laboratory. The students will take part in a series of activities leading up to the event focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

To attend the event, reporters must call Bridget Martinson at 219-983-3600 or e-mail The school is located at 1050 S. 5th Street. Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin arrived at the station Nov. 15. They are scheduled to live and work there until March, while performing dozens of experiments and preparing for the arrival of new commercial resupply spacecraft. They will be joined by three crewmates in late December.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA's Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA's human spaceflight program.

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