On Monday, Dec. 1, American and Ukrainian students will participate in a conversation with astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-87, discussing the progress of their joint plant-growing experiments as part of the Collaborative Ukrainian Experiment, Teachers and Students Investigating Plants in Space (CUE-TSIPS).

Shuttle Downlink to Students - Monday, Dec. 1, 9:46 a.m. EST Students from the Cocoa High School and Lake Brantley High School, both in Florida, will visit the Kennedy Space Center, FL, and students from the Moises Molina and Adamson High Schools, Dallas, TX, will visit the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, on Dec. 1, where they will participate in the 9:46 a.m. EST downlink from the Shuttle. This follows the 5:36 a.m. EST downlink from the Shuttle to students in Ukraine. Ukrainian cosmonaut, Leonid Kadenyuk, aboard the Shuttle, is performing the experiment procedures being simulated in classrooms. B-roll of the event to accompany CUE-TSIPS stories will be available on NASA Television, Tuesday, Dec. 2, on the noon videofile.

NASA Television is available through the GE2 satellite system, located on Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 Mhz.

Participating CUE-TSIPS Schools

Twenty high school educators from fourteen states were trained last spring as lead teachers for conducting the science experiment in their schools and presenting CUE-TSIPS workshops to peers around the country. The lead teacher schools are as follows:

Del Mar High School, San Jose, CA; Cocoa High School, Cocoa, FL; Steller Secondary Alternative School, Anchorage, AK; Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, FL; Leland High School, San Jose, CA; Moises Molina High School, Dallas, TX; Grissom School, Tinley Park, IL; Wilton High School, Wilton, CT; Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA; The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ; Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles, CA; Logan High School, Bellefontaine, OH; Dent Middle School, Columbia, SC; Augusta High School, Augusta, WI; Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, Los Angeles, CA; Central City High School, Central City, NE; Gervais High School, Gervais, OR; and Olathe East High School, Olathe, KS.

Media interested in covering the CUE-TSIPS activities of these schools should contact the schools directly.

NASA Administrator Visits CUE-TSIPS School - Monday, Dec. 8, 12:15 p.m., EST

On Monday, Dec. 8, to recognize the CUE-TSIPS experiment nationwide, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin will visit the Grissom School, 1700 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL, from 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST. Goldin will talk to the students about their plant-growing experiences and how they compare with those of the Shuttle crew. Astronaut Mary Ellen Weber will accompany the Administrator on this visit. Media interested in covering this event should contact Roderic Young at NASA Headquarters, 202/358-4726.

Additional information about the CUE-TSIPS project can be found on the Internet at the following URL:

Additional information on the STS-87 mission, which is scheduled to end on Dec. 5, can be found at the following URL:

CUE-TSIPS is sponsored by NASA Headquarter's Life Sciences Division and Education Division.


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