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Local Students to Join Astronauts from Space

– CANDL Foundation Helps Sponsor Live Interactive Event

Huntsville, AL – On Thursday morning, students at Discovery Middle School will join a live downlink from the space on the STS-118 Space Shuttle Endeavor mission. The special interactive event will feature former classroom teacher and Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan, back up to Christa McAuliffe in 1986.

Through the program presented by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and sponsored in part by the Huntsville-based CANDL Foundation, Morgan will host the live conversation that will include questions from students from across the country. Scheduled to begin at 7:51 CDT, the Discovery students will be able to experience the Q&A with a teacher in space – a dream for education now realized after 21 years.

The CANDL Foundation supports education programs throughout the country, but with a special focus at home in Madison County. Foundation Chairman Lou Brown said, “This education mission in space is a perfect way to spark interest in science for students of all ages. We are delighted to sponsor this exceptional program provided by the Challenger Centers and NASA. We are always glad to help benefit educational opportunities for students in Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County.”

Discovery Middle School Principal Sharon Willis added, “Our students are excited about having the opportunity to be a part of a live event in space – particularly with so many direct ties between NASA and our school. Even our name comes from one of the shuttles, and many DMS parents work with the shuttle program. We especially appreciate the CANDL Foundation helping to make this available for us.”

For more information, contact
Barbara Nash at 256.656.7039.