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Education Secretary Spellings, NASA and Thomas Jefferson High School Students Link Up with International Space Station Crew for Live Teleconference


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Event kicks off International Education Week, highlights importance of mathematics and science

November 14, 2005, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will kick off International Education Week by joining students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a live downlink with the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, Nov.15, at 9:30 a.m. EST at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va.

Secretary Spellings will deliver remarks and students at Thomas Jefferson High School will have an opportunity to ask questions of ISS Expedition 12 crewmembers, American astronaut William S. McArthur, Jr., and Russian cosmonaut Valery I. Tokarev, in both English and Russian. Secretary Spellings will be joined by Shana Dale, deputy administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Jack Dale, superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools.

Established in 1985, TJHSST is a Virginia Governorís School dedicated to excellence in mathematics, science and technology education. The school serves nearly 1,800 students from six Northern Va. school districts.

The event will be broadcast live on NASA-TV and Fairfax County Public Schools Red Apple 21 to all TJHSST students, as well as students in 240 Northern Va. schools and more than 250,000 home viewers. Fairfax County Public Schools/Fairfax Networks is also providing direct access to the program via satellite to interested school systems across the country. Students around the world will be able to watch the downlink via NASAís website.

International Education Week, Nov. 14-18, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State. This year, the theme is International Education: Improving Student Achievement Around the World.

NASA TVís 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, theyíre on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception.



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