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Phone home! Elementary schoolers connect with crew of the International Space Station during live, televised downlink at The Tech Museum

Press Release Date 
Monday, March 5, 2012

SAN JOSE, CA – Nearly six dozen elementary school pupils will literally have a long-distance conversation Wednesday when they’re on the line with members of the crew from the International Space Station, now hovering in Earth’s lower orbit.

About 70 fifth graders from San Jose’s Washington Elementary School will be part of a special 20-minute live, televised downlink with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit. Students will be able to ask questions of the crew and learn about the high-flying research laboratory where astronauts from around the world conduct experiments in human health, technology, exploration, and research in the physical sciences.

The downlink is part of the six-week run of the exhibition Destination Station, housed on the museum’s lower level. The exhibition immerses visitors in the amazing story of the space station’s development using hands-on activities and rich, audio-visual environments.

Who: Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit of the International Space Station crew. Nearly 70 students from San Jose’s Washington Elementary School

What: Students and space station crew connect  during a live, televised downlink to ask questions, learn about the progress of the mission

Where: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market. St., San Jose CA (lower level)

When: Wednesday, March 7, at 10 a.m. (The downlink begins exactly 10:20 a.m.)

Roqua Montez
Director Public Relations
(408) 795-6225

About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum -- located in the Capital of Silicon Valley -- is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.