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APEX SCHOOL PHONES NASA, 250 MILES UP

For about 30 minutes more than 600 young students sat cross-legged with their eyes glued forward at Salem Elementary School's gymnasium quietly listening. It wasn't a movie that completely captured their attention, but a black handset and a satellite image. On the other end of the handset was NASA astronaut Don Pettit and he was calling from space. Pettit and two other astronauts are living on the International Space Station for a seven-month mission that ends in July. At the time of the call– made 10 a.m. Wednesday via amateur radio–Pettit and his fellow crewmembers were traveling about 250 miles above Earth over the Indian Ocean near Australia at 17,500 miles per hour.

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