February 20, 2003
The Educator Astronaut Program (EAP) has received more than 4,500 nominations since its debut on January 21. Since the Columbia accident, the Educator Astronaut Program has received strong support from the public, and the program continues to move forward.
One student wrote a nomination saying his teacher told him he wanted
to go into space now more than ever. Students of all ages were nominating
their teachers this week, describing the educators as everything
from "passionate and enthusiastic" to
"super cool and physically fit."
"We're hearing about extraordinary educators, and the recent nominations have been inspiring through the Columbia tragedy," said EAP co-manager and astronaut, Leland Melvin.
Anyone interested in recommending a teacher may submit a nomination on the Internet at: http://edspace.nasa.gov/nominate/nominate.html
To learn more about the Educator Astronaut Program and other NASA education activities on the Internet, visit: http://edspace.nasa.gov