Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk to Speak with Space University Students
Longueuil, Quebec, June 29, 2009– News media are invited to join students at NASA Ames Research Center for the 2009 International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program as they will interact with Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Robert Thirsk and Expedition 20 crewmembers aboard the International Space Station. The live educational downlink event will be held from 10:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PDT at Building 3 on the NASA Research Park.
The downlink will connect hundreds of ISU students and teachers with space station crewmembers. The goal is to learn more about the Iris student experiment which is currently onboard the station for Robert Thirsk to perform during his long-duration stay. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Rachel Prucey at 650-604-0643 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Space University was founded in 1987 with the vision of a peaceful and prosperous future through the study, exploration and development of space for the benefit of humanity. The space studies program is a nine-week course for postgraduate students and young professionals from all over the world. The curriculum covers technical and non-technical, space-related fields and ranges from engineering and satellite applications to policy and the humanities. An international cadre of distinguished professors will teach the classes, which will be held June 29, 2009 to Aug. 28, 2009.
Journalists who cannot be on site will be able to watch the event live on NASA TV.
WHEN: June 30, 2009
TIME: 10:10 a.m. PDT
WHAT: Educational downlink with ISU students
WHO: Robert Thirsk, CSA Astronaut, and the crew of Expedition 20
Hundreds of ISU students and teachers
WHERE: NASA - Ames Research Center
Building 3 on the NASA Research Park
Moffett Field, California
To schedule interviews with CSA spokespersons, please contact CSA Media Relations at 450-926-4370.