CANADA’S FIRST SPACE TELESCOPE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED

Saint-Hubert, June 30, 2003 — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) confirmed the successful launch of its first space telescope from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. Called MOST (Microvariability & Oscillations of STars), the telescope was launched at 10:15 AM EDT, and released into orbit at 11:46 AM EDT on a Rockot booster operated by Eurockot Launch Services GmbH of Bremen, Germany. First built as nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, these boosters have been converted to peaceful scientific applications.
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ASTRONAUT SHARES EXPERIENCES

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to fly in space, has traveled the United States sharing her groundbreaking experience with students and educators. But when they meet her, they don’t even notice her gender or cultural heritage.

All they see is an astronaut.
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ASTRONAUT LIVES CHILDHOOD DREAM

Few NASA astronauts have chalked up more than a decade in space, but Franklin Chang-Diaz says he’s been touring the cosmos for nearly half a century. His first spacecraft? An oversized cardboard box, fueled by the vivid imagination of a small boy who already knew what he wanted to do with his life and would meet every challenge to make it happen.
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ISS Crew talks to School Children

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program reached a milestone June 12 with its 100th school group contact. Doing the honors was Expedition 7 NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Ed Lu, KC5WKJ. Lu took the controls of NA1SS aboard the space outpost to answer a dozen questions from students gathered at Lively District Secondary School in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
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NASA SENDS SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHERS “BACK TO SCHOOL”

NASA is launching a major new education initiative. The NASA Explorer Schools Program premieres Monday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle. The multimedia event kicks off the innovative program to send science and mathematics teachers “back to school” at NASA field centers.
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