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April 25, 2000

Dawn Evans

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Phone: 650/604-5606 or 604-9000

E-mail: doevans@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 00-33AR

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: You are invited to cover "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, on Thursday, April 27. To reach Ames, take the Moffett Field exit from Highway 101, drive east to the main gate at Moffett Federal Airfield and report to the visitor badging office for maps and directions to Internet chat session and youth tour stops at Ames. U.S. media representatives must have valid picture ID in order to enter Ames.

NASA AMES "TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK DAY" IS GLOBAL/LOCAL

Young people from around the globe are expected to "chat" via the Internet with female astronauts and women in the space program on April 27, "Take Our Daughters to Work Day." Locally, employees and their children can participate in a myriad of events at NASA Ames Research Center, in California's Silicon Valley.

The "Virtual Take Our Daughters To Work Day Internet Chat" will be from 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., PDT (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT) at http://quest.nasa.gov/women/TODTWD00/overview.html. First-come, first-served pre-registration for web chats is required prior to April 27, to ensure chat participation. Those persons who are not registered for the chats may "observe" them on the Internet.

"We have designed this Internet event to give young people who cannot otherwise speak with women in the work force the opportunity to meet on-line and discuss opportunities in a variety of careers," said Tish Krieg of NASA Ames where the event will originate. "The women also will provide insight into the professional and personal aspects of their lives."

The day is devoted to giving young people anywhere in the world who have Internet access the opportunity to share Take Our Daughters to Work Day and gain insight into their own future choices, according to organizers.

This year's theme is "Free to Be You and Me." This one-day event is

designed to encourage youths ages 8 to 17 years old, to stay focused on their futures during adolescence, said Krieg. The event will furnish youths with new insight about the careers they choose and encourage young people to visualize their futures, she said.

NASA Quest's Women of NASA home page is located at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women, and it includes a schedule, registration form and instructions. For more web chat or forum information please contact: Karen Traicoff at 650-604-4066, or Tish Krieg at 650-604-0848.

Internet schedule (all times PDT):
San Francisco Bay area reporters may visit the NASA Quest Internet offices to see the "chat control," trailer T28-H at NASA Ames.

6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., web forum, women at NASA Centers answer queries

6:00 - 7:00 a.m., web chat with Linda Kennedy of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, who coordinates astronaut appearances,
7:00 - 8:00 a.m., web chat with Marta Bohn-Meyer, Director of the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA

8:00 - 9:00 a.m., web cast with Astronaut Shannon Lucid of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, to discuss her career.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m., web chat with Lisa Malone. Chief of the Media Services Branch at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, FL

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., web cast with Astronaut Sam Durrance, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, and his daughter, Susan

11:00 a.m. - noon, web chat with Linda Bangert, aerospace technologist, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Noon - 1:00 p.m., web chat with Astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman space shuttle pilot and commander, originating in New York, NY. Peggy Wilhide, head of NASA Public Affairs, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, is also slated to appear

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., web chat with Rose Grymes, Assistant Director NASA's Astrobiology Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., web chat with Rosaly Lopes-Gautier of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, who studies Jupiter's volcanic moon, Io

NASA Ames Tour stops, Moffett Field, CA (all times PDT)

9:00 - 9:30 a.m., opening remarks, Bldg. 3, ballroom

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Visitors' Center/gift shop, self-guided tour, Bldg. N223

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Space Camp lobby, just outside of Ames Main Gate

11:00 - 11:30 a.m., 20-G Centrifuge, Bldg. N221A

11:00 a.m. - noon, Hangar One/Historical Society, Cummings Ave. lobby

Noon - 12:45 p.m., lunch, cafeteria, Bldg. N235

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Numerical Aerodynamic (computer) Simulation, Bldg. N-258

1:45 - 2:00 p.m., Space Camp lobby, just outside of Ames Main Gate

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Ames Aerospace Encounter (educational displays), Bldg. N226

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Virtual Internet Chat Line, Bldg. N241, room 149

2:00 - 2:30 p.m., 20-G Centrifuge, Bldg. N221A

2:15 - 2:45 p.m., Space Station Biological Research Facility, Bldg. N-244, lobby

3:00 - 3:30 p.m., Closing Session, Bldg. 3 ballroom

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