july 16, 2003

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ISS transmits live program to science, engineering academy

International Space Station Crew
The Crew of ISS Expedition Seven, Yuri Malenchenko (left), commander, and Edward Lu, flight engineer and science officer, will send a live transmission to Tulsa Aviation Alliance Science and Engineering Career Academy, 1 p.m., July 17 at Riverside Campus, Tulsa Technology Center, 801 East 91st Street, Tulsa.

Crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) transmitted a live question and answer broadcast to Tulsa Aviation Alliance Science and Engineering Careers Academy July 17 at Riverside Campus, Tulsa Technology Center (TTC).

During the program, which was open to the public, the audience communicated with Ed Lu (flight engineer and science officer) and Yuri Malenchenko (commander), the astronauts of Expedition Seven, the crew currently living on ISS, by audio and video.

The live transmission is unique--it was the last of only four such programs broadcast to Earth during the anticipated six-month duration of Expedition Seven, launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The master of ceremonies for the program is Charles Precourt, deputy director, ISS Program.

The Expedition Seven Crew is devoting more than 200 hours to American and Russian research that will focus on cellular biotechnology, chemistry, Epstein-Barr virus, global environment, human life sciences, manufacturing processes, physics, radiation exposure, and sesorimotor response. The crew will also work with the ISS robotic arm (Canadarm 2) and oversee the upgrade two space station computer software packages. More information about Expedition Seven is available at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp7.

At Science and Engineering Careers Academy, July 14-18, in addition to communicating with Expedition Seven, area high school students worked on projects involving engineering design and model rocketry, hear outstanding speakers, and tour local research facilities at Flight Safety International, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine, and Syntroleum Incorporated.

For more information, call 595-7566 or send e-mail to: youth@tulsacc.edu

The inaugural Science and Engineering Careers Academy, under the direction of Jack Sellers, assistant professor of aviation sciences technology, Tulsa Community College (TCC), was sponsored by Tulsa Aviation Alliance. OSU-Tulsa, TCC, and Tulsa Technology Center are Alliance members.