Kirsten Larson Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-0243) Jane Glickman/Stephanie Babyak Department of Education, Washington

(Phone: 202/401-1307/2311) NOTE TO EDITORS: N01-68

Nov. 13, 2001

EDUCATION SECRETARY, NASA SCIENTIST AND DC STUDENTS MAKE LONG DISTANCE CALL TO SPACE STATION FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige; Roger Crouch, NASA International Space Station (ISS) Senior Scientist and former space shuttle astronaut; Paul Vance, Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools; and sixth-graders at John Quincy Adams Elementary School in Washington will make a long-distance call to the International Space Station Nov. 15 as part of International Education Week. The event -- part of an entire morning of educational activities -- begins at 11:50 a.m. EST, and reporters are invited to attend. During the call, students will have the opportunity to learn about living and working in space through a question-and-answer session with the three crewmembers aboard the orbiting outpost. The current crew, comprised of U.S. Commander Frank Culbertson and Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, both of Russia, "moved into" the station in August and will return home in December when the new crew arrives. The ISS project represents 16 countries, working together to further exploration of outer space and conducting research for the benefit of all humankind. Paige and Crouch will be available for a media opportunity immediately following the event with the station crew. To make arrangements to cover this event, please call Kirsten Larson at 202/358-0243 or Jane Glickman or Stephanie Babyak at 202/4011307/2311. Reporters should arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. John Quincy Adams Elementary School is located at 2020 19th Street, NW, Washington. In addition, reporters may attend the entire morning of activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. A full agenda is below. International Education Week (IEW) was established in 2000,

underscoring the importance of international partnerships and international education in today's global environment. The ISS theme was chosen this year to highlight events and activities that demonstrate the importance of math, science, technology, engineering and international skills. The space station event will be televised live on NASA Television. NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz. Portions of the program will be replayed on the NASA TV video file feed beginning immediately following the event, and again at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST. International Education Week Program John Quincy Adams Elementary School 9:30 a.m. Living and working in space program, Auditorium Roger Crouch, ISS Senior Scientist 10:30 a.m. Space-related, interactive activities for sixth-graders, Science Classroom 11:50 a.m. Live, interactive event with the ISS crew, Science Classroom More information about International Education Week can be found on NASA's Web site at: -end-