Programs Chosen Will Participate In Downlink Sessions From
NASA says it's seeking proposals from educators who are looking
for a unique way to inspire the next generation of explorers.
Formal and informal education organizations can apply to host live
interactive education downlinks with astronauts onboard the
International Space Station.
Proposals are being accepted for downlink opportunities during
space station missions scheduled for March to September, 2012.
Applicants are expected to submit comprehensive proposals that
target a large number of participants. The deadline is December
During Expeditions 31 and 32, NASA crew members Don Pettit,
Joseph Acaba and Sunita Williams will participate in the 20-minute
downlink opportunities. Participants on Earth see and hear the crew
members live from space, while the crew hears the questions but
does not see the audience.
US educational organizations such as school districts, museums,
science centers, national and regional education organizations and
local, state and federal government agencies are eligible to
participate. NASA provides this opportunity at no charge to the
host institution. NASA personnel will work with the organization to
help plan the event.
"Educational downlinks provide unique opportunities for students
around the country to learn more about living in space and
exploring beyond Earth's boundaries," said Cindy McArthur, Teaching
From Space project manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center in
The downlink opportunities are broadcast live on NASA Television
and are streamed on the NASA website. Due to the nature of human
spaceflight operations, organizations must demonstrate the
flexibility to accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.
Participating organizations also must have two dedicated phone
lines and be able to receive NASA TV via NASA's Live Interactive
Media Outlet, or LIMO, channel in order to communicate with and
view the crew.
These educational opportunities are made available through
Teaching From Space, a NASA education initiative. Interested
organizations should contact Teaching From Space to obtain
information related to expectations, content, format, audience,
proposal guidelines and forms by sending an e-mail to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.gov
or by calling 281-244-7608.