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Space Center Houston Connects Astronaut in Space with Educators on Earth at Annual Conference

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HOUSTON, Jan. 23, 2018 – Space Center Houston will host a video conference Feb. 1 between an astronaut orbiting Earth on the International Space Station and educators attending the nonprofit’s Space Exploration Educators Conference on Earth.

“The theme of this year’s conference is Our Destination Beyond,” said Phyllis Friello, an education manager and SEEC organizer. “We will take teachers beyond the classroom, beyond borders and beyond boundaries with the power of space exploration during our immersive educational experience.”

Astronaut and former educator Joe Acaba will answer questions and talk to educators live from the ISS, circling the Earth every 90 minutes 250 miles above its surface.

Current and former astronauts on Earth will join the video conference from locations around the world, including Ricky Arnold in Russia as he prepares for his mission on the ISS; and Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, who will be in Houston for the event.

This year’s SEEC highlights NASA’s “Year of Education on Station” and the video conference is the latest of the organization’s “In-flight Education Downlinks,” connecting students to astronauts on the ISS.

Questions for the astronauts were submitted by educators and will be presented by Space Exploration Educator Crew Members. These previous SEEC attendees are focused on empowering teachers to build leadership competencies by creating innovative STEM programs for their students, schools and communities.

In its 24th year, the educator’s conference is one way the science and space exploration center is helping teachers and the next generation of thinkers and learners to step onto the STEM pathway.

Educators receive various cross-curriculum ideas, ready-to-implement classroom activities and valuable networking opportunities with their colleagues, while earning up to 24 hours of continuing education credit. For more information about SEEC and other Space Center Houston educational programs, visit www.spacecenter.org/education.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration learning center offering extensive science education programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.