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Jan. 25, 1999

Elizabeth Carter

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

650/604-2742 or 650/604-9000

ecarter@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 99-04

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: You are invited to accompany the Crown Prince of the Netherlands on portions of a brief tour of various NASA facilities on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. PST at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Reporters should plan to arrive at NASA Ames by 2:30 p.m. to obtain their visitor passes. To get to NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101, drive east to the main gate at Moffett Federal Airfield and report to the Visitor Badging Office for visitor passes.

CROWN PRINCE OF THE NETHERLANDS TO VISIT NASA AMES

Prince Willem-Alexander van Oranje, the Crown Prince of the Netherlands and future King of the country, will visit NASA Ames on the afternoon of January 26 from 3:00- 4:30 PST. The Prince is currently on a worldwide trip visiting the top cities of many countries to obtain a broad-based view of the significant cities of the world. He specifically requested to see Ames during his visit to the Bay Area because of his strong personal interest in aviation.

Journalists will be able join the Prince as he visits Ames' Vertical Motion Simulator and "flies" a Space Shuttle landing simulation at 3 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., journalists will have the opportunity to visit the mock-up of one of the major research facilities planned for the International Space Station (ISS) – the Gravitational Biology Laboratory being developed at Ames. While at the mock-up, journalists can learn how scientists and engineers from NASA and The European Space Agency (ESA) are collaborating on the development of the Gravitational Biology Laboratory. ESA, headquartered in Nordwick, The Netherlands, is one of the partners working with NASA to build the ISS.

Journalists will also be able to be in attendance as the Prince receives a briefing on the Astrobiology Institute by Dr. David Morrison, Director of Space at 4 p.m.

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