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Story Time from Space in the News:

Story Time from Space Airs on NASA Television — April 6, 2014

Marshall Space Flight Center’s Lori Meggs interviews astrophysicist and children’s book author Jeffrey Bennett (“Max Goes to the Moon’) and astronaut Alvin Drew about the “Story Time from Space” project, where astronauts on the International Space Station read stories to the children of Earth as the world rotates below.

ReelNASA – January 17, 2014:

Space Station Live: Alvin Drew Discusses “Story Time From Space”

NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot and NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew discuss Story Time in Space. The science program features astronauts reading stories from space to children to inspire them to read and learn about space exploration.

The experiment was launched Jan. 9 aboard the Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus spacecraft and delivered to the International Space Station Jan. 12.

International Buisiness Times – January 12, 2014:

Orbital Sciences Cygnus Commercial Resupply Craft Docks With The International Space Station

“Cyrgnus’ cargo includes videotapes, crew provisions, hardware, various CubeSats and 23 science experiments developed by students. According to Orbital, the ORB-1 payload includes the NLP Vaccine-21 experiment to test the effectiveness of antibiotics in space and Burning and Suppression of Solids 2, BASS-2, experiment to test how different materials burn in space. One of the scientific payloads is for Story Time from Space, which features ISS crew members reading children’s books and performing simple math and science experiments. Belated Christmas presents, as well as fruit from NASA, were also part of the payload, reports the Associated Press.” – January 7, 2014:

Kids books flying on space station resupply ship to launch ‘Story Time From Space’

By Robert Pearlman

January 7, 2014 — The science-packed, storybook space adventures of a dog named Max are blasting off in real life to be read on board the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts will record reading the books for children to enjoy and learn from back on Earth.

The books, which are part of a new educational program called “Story Time From Space,” are launching aboard an Orbital Sciences’ unmanned Cygnus spacecraft along with science experiments and supplies destined for the space station.

The commercial cargo freighter, which Orbital has named the Spaceship C. Gordon Fullerton after the late astronaut and pilot, is set to launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Wednesday (Jan. 8). The spacecraft will arrive at the space station four days later, where astronauts will use the orbiting outpost’s robotic arm to attach the Cygnus to a port on the station.

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AmericaSpace – January 2014:

Inspiring a New Generation to Look at the Stars: ‘Max Goes to the Space Station’ and More Otherworldy Adventures on the ISS

By Leonidas Papadopoulos

“5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Liftoff! We have liftoff of Max the Dog, the first dog to visit the International Space Station!”

Although these words weren’t part of Orbital Sciences chief engineer Mike Dorsch’s live coverage of his company’s recently launched resupply mission to the International Space Station, they will nevertheless be voiced from astronauts onboard the orbiting complex.

Orbital Sciences Corp. is one of the two private companies contracted by NASA to regularly resupply the ISS. As reported here on AmericaSpace by Ben Evans, the triumphant launch of the company’s Antares rocket on Jan. 9 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was followed by the successful docking on Jan. 12 of its payload, the automated Cygnus cargo ship, to the Earth-facing port of the Station’s Harmony module.

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