[sarex] NASA and Woods Hole Linkup Connects Space and Sea Explorers

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 25 09:09:59 PST 2007

> Jan. 25, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-0602
> Nicole Cloutier 
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-511
> Two extreme explorers will connect in a unique call Friday, Jan. 26, 
> linking the depths of the ocean with the heights of Earth orbit. NASA 
> and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Mass., will host the 
> ultra-long distance call between International Space Station 
> astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams and marine biologist Tim Shank in 
> the Alvin research submersible.
> The call will take place at 1:45 p.m. CST, and will be broadcast 
> tape-delayed on NASA Television between 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., 
> immediately following the conclusion of a station status media 
> briefing from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. Williams, 
> orbiting 220 miles overhead, and Shank, conducting research two miles 
> undersea in the Alvin submersible, will compare notes on science and 
> exploration. Additionally, they will field questions submitted by 
> students and educators.
> Williams, a Massachusetts native and commander in the U.S. Navy, 
> served as a diver and helicopter pilot prior to being selected as an 
> astronaut. Williams was a member of a NASA crew in 2002 that lived 
> underwater for nine days in the Aquarius habitat off the Florida 
> coast. She boarded the space station on Dec. 11, 2006, as a flight 
> engineer for the Expedition 14 crew, joining Commander Michael 
> Lopez-Alegria and fellow Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. Williams 
> will spend six months on the complex. 
> Shank, a marine biologist in the Woods Hole's Department of Biology, 
> is currently conducting research diving in the Alvin at the 
> hydrothermal vent field on the East Pacific Rise. He is leading a 
> National Science Foundation-funded research expedition as part of the 
> RIDGE2000 program. Alvin is owned by the Navy and operated by Woods 
> Hole as a part of the National Deep Submergence Facility.
> For NASA TV downlink, schedules and streaming video information, and 
> more information about the space station, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
> http://www.nasa.gov/station 
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