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By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
October 17, 2008
thumb_ISS_from_above.jpgAs the International Space Station (ISS) continues its orbit around the earth at a rate of five miles per second, more than 200 miles above Earth's surface, two tiny velco-fitted pieces of plastic were seen in it's wake, gently wafting their way down to oblivion - a sure fate for anything entering the Earth's atmosphere without a heat shield.
No, you didn't miss a voting opportunity.  Astronaut Greg Chamitoff chose 7.Bxc6+ as his move, and the champions from Stevenson Elementary School offered but one response:  7... bxc6.  Hence, there was no need for a stamp of approval from fellow earthlings.

The match continues and it is once again Chamitoff's move.
Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 7.Bxc6+ bxc6)

Check in regularly this weekend - to see how Greg responds to the mounting pressure on White's pinned Knight - and then for a new round of voting as our Earth's young advisors offer their next round of move choices.

Chess isn't the only activity aboard ISS - you can check out NASA's ISS mission page  for the latest news and videos about the ISS and Expeditions 17 and 18.

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Earth vs. Space Chess Match, 2008-09

Astronaut Dr. Greg Chamitoff has sent 46.Kxa2 and his resignation and congratulations to the Stevenson stars and Earth's voters.
Use the Java chess viewer (below) to review and analyze this historic game and read game commentary.

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The Final Position:
(after Greg's 46.Kxa2)


Read NASA's announcement about this game.

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Media Contacts:
NASA - Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston

USCF - Glenn Petersen
[email protected]

Stevenson Team -
Coach David Hendricks
WA State Scholastic Coordinator

Match Director -
Hal Bogner
[email protected]