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Join in on Space Science Learning Opportunity

On January 26, Wise, Virginia-area schoolchildren have the opportunity to participate in a unique two-way-satellite linkup with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). And you’re invited, too! (Breaking news: NASA has announced the downlink will begin at approximately 9:20 a.m.)

The special event is part of a full day of activities at the University of Virginia College at Wise Convocation Center expected to be attended by thousands of area school children and students from UVa-Wise. In addition to the downlink, students will be able to check out NASA space exhibits such as a space station space suit and moon rocks from the Apollo 14, says Jack Kennedy, who is a member of the board of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and Wise County clerk of the Circuit Court. Additional features are being planned.

The downlink presents a special opportunity for Virginia teachers of math or science seeking to interest their students in space exploration. The 20-minute linkup will be livestreamed through NASA TV on January 26 and then available on You Tube.

Becky Kamas, an education specialist with NASA’s Johnson Space Center Teaching from Space Office in Houston, suggests taking advantage of the following resources to capitalize on this opportunity:

For additional information, contact Jack Kennedy at or Becky Kamas at




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