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Mayborn Museum Complex Announces International Space Station Link!

June 23, 2008

Museum visitors and a number of students from the second and third grades at Robinson Elementary will have a chance to make contact with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) next week at the Mayborn Museum Complex in the SBC Theater.

The Space Station link is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 25 at 10:45 am, via telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii and is made possible by ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), the Baylor Amateur Radio club (BARC), and the Heart of Texas Amateur Radio Club (HOTARC). This will be the first ARISS contact to be held with astronaut Greg Chamitoff, ISS Flight Engineer and Science Officer on Expedition 17 of the Space Station, and the second Space Station link to be held at the Mayborn Museum Complex.

Learn about life in space as Astronaut Greg Chamitoff talks about his experiences on the Space Station. Selected students from Robinson Elementary will ask questions. During the interview, the International Space Station will be tracked and the contact maintained until the Space Station disappears over the horizon. The estimated contact time will be nine minutes.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies such as NASA, the Russian Space Agency, and other organizations from participating countries. ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station.

The Space Station link is being held in conjunction with the Mayborn Museum's summer exhibit, National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, a new international traveling exhibit from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the National Geographic Society. The exhibit will be on display through September 7th in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery.

For more information regarding the link-up, please contact Frankie Pack at 254.710.1202 or Frankie_Pack@baylor.edu.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Mayborn Museum Complex at 254.710.1110 or visit www.MaybornMuseum.com









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