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August 23, 2000

Laura Lewis

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-2162, 650/604-9000)

llewis@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 00-56A

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS:

Members of the media are invited to come to NASA Ames Research Center to attend the final summer research presentations of the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy graduates. The presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. PDT and conclude at 5:00 p.m. on August 24. They will continue from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. on August 25. All presentations will be in the North Wing of Building N-3 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Reporters at Ames will be able to interview students, mentors and administrators of the program. Video file about the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy will be available upon request. To get to Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101. Bring press credentials and photo ID, and allow adequate time to obtain badges at the Visitor Badging Office, adjacent to the main Ames gate.


AMES ASTROBIOLOGY ACADEMY 2000 STUDENTS TO PRESENT SUMMER RESEARCH FINDINGS

The future of Astrobiology is looking ever brighter. On August 24-5, 13 of the nation’s brightest college students will complete their ten-week experience at the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy when they present the results of their summer research, conducted under the supervision of the field’s top scientists. Student projects range from a feasibility study to develop a future Mars mission, to the role of ultraviolet radiation on the early evolution of life on Earth.

"I'm really looking forward to sharing with everyone what I did this summer, and I can't wait to hear about what the rest of the Academy accomplished in our ten weeks of hard work at Ames," said Academy student Jennifer Law of Palo Alto, CA.

The NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy is a unique summer internship program that gives college juniors, seniors and first-year graduate students from all over the country a unique, hands-on research opportunity in Astrobiology laboratories. "We’re developing the prospective leaders of tomorrow’s U.S. Space Program by bringing together young, talented and enthusiastic science and engineering students to work with our researchers; it’s a clear investment in NASA’s future," declared Academy Director Douglas O’Handley.

For more information about the NASA Ames Astrobiology Academy visit our web sites:

http://www.nasa-academy.nasa.gov and http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov:80/academy/2000/program.html

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