Senate approves Pappageorges NASA Week resolution

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

LANSING — A resolution commemorating the first week of February 2010 as “NASA Week” was adopted by the Michigan Senate Wednesday, said sponsor Sen. John Pappageorge.

Pappageorge introduced Senate Resolution 111 to coincide with the Troy School District’s plan to host a live downlink with Expedition 22 crew members aboard the International Space Station. The district will be the first community in Michigan, and one of only six in the nation to participate in a downlink with the crew.

“NASA has been a leading force in scientific research and in stimulating public interest in aerospace exploration, as well as science and technology in general,” said Pappageorge, R-Troy. “This is a fantastic opportunity for students in Troy schools.”

More than 500 students in Troy will directly participate in the live downlink and even more will benefit from the event via live streaming into classrooms across the district.

The downlink allows crew members of the International Space Station to perform curriculum-based activities in space to demonstrate the basic principles of science, math, engineering and geography, and answer questions in real-time from students on Earth.

“The NASA downlink is a comprehensive education experience for students and community members alike,” Pappageorge said. “This learning opportunity will enrich their understanding and appreciation for the space program and principles of flight.”

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