Qwest Communications Enables Oregon Students To Tour Surface Of Mars Over The Internet

Silverton, Ore., March 19, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today helped students from Mark Twain Middle School in Silverton, Ore., tour and learn more about Mars via the Internet. Using a high-speed Internet connection to the Qwest 190,000-mile network, Mark Twain eighth-graders joined students in three other states via videoconference to ask questions of scientists and explore new images from the surface of Mars.

?Live From Mars 2002,? produced by Passport to Knowledge and supported, in part, by NASA and Arizona School Services through Educational Technology (ASSET), was broadcast live today on participating PBS stations nationwide and was watched by more than one million students. The unique interactive distance-learning initiative featured the Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) sponsored by NASA; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a division of the California Institute of Technology; and Arizona State University (ASU).

The program included never-before-seen images of the surface of Mars ? craters, volcanoes and more ? as well as videoconference and documentary sequences in which ?2001 Mars Odyssey? scientists and engineers at NASA?s JPL updated program viewers about the status of the spacecraft.

?High-speed Internet access is a requirement for this type of project,? said Jim Rose, executive director of Oregon Public Education Network. ?Through our work with Qwest, Oregon is leading the nation in wiring schools, making it possible for students to learn through experiences previous generations never imagined.?

?Qwest is thrilled to show that its work to wire schools throughout the state is having a direct impact on the unique educational opportunities available to students,? said Judy Peppler, Qwest vice president of Policy and Law for Oregon. ?The Internet is playing an increasingly valuable role in education and provides learning opportunities that simply aren?t available without it.?

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