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2/28/05

Area Students Interact With Astronauts Aboard International Space Station

It was an out of this world experience for six area high schools participating in a down link with crew aboard the International Space Station. Students got the opportunity to communicate first hand with the astronauts on Expedition 10 held at South Plains college on Monday.

"It kind of gives us an inside view of the space station," explains Frenship Student Jimmy Underwood, a participant in the down link.

The International Space Station located 220 nautical miles above earth, about the distance between Dallas and Houston, became a class room for area students, a chance to experience life in outer space. Both Leroy Chiao, American Astronaut and Expedition 10 Commander as well as Salizhan Saripov, Russian Cosmonaut and flight engineer aboard the International Space Station visiting with students.

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"It's a pretty neat experience, once in a lifetime," adds Jimmy.

"It was very fascinating getting to talk to astronauts and seeing how they get to interact in space," describes Annie Green of Motley County ISD.

An inspiring experience for the next generation of space explorers. "It's made me have more of an active interest in science and the science field more," says Annie.

The down link is one of only a few conducted world wide twice a year by NASA and is also broadcast on NASA Television.

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