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April 25, 2002

Victoria Kushnir

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-0176 or 650/604-9000

vkushnir@mail.arc.nasa.gov



RELEASE: 02-48AR

NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS AND MORNING NEWS PRODUCERS:

NASA AMES CELEBRATES SPACE DAY 2002:
LIVE INTERVIEWS WITH REAL ‘ROCKET’ SCIENTISTS

To celebrate Space Day 2002: Adventure to Mars, NASA Ames Research Center invites you to participate in a live interview with world-renown ‘rocket’ scientists.

On Thursday, May 2, Scott Hubbard and Dr. Lynn Rothschild of NASA Ames Research Center will be available for live interviews to discuss achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration of space. Hubbard and Rothschild also will talk about the importance of science, math and technology education to inspire young people to ’reach for the stars.’

Scott Hubbard, who serves as Deputy Director for Research at NASA Ames Research Center, was the first Mars program director at NASA Headquarters. He was one of the founders of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is acknowledged as the originator of the Mars Pathfinder mission concept. Hubbard also was the mission manager for the Lunar Prospector mission that found evidence of water ice on the moon.

Dr. Lynn Rothschild, who recently organized the second Astrobiology Science Conference, is a NASA Ames research scientist studying the evolution and physiological ecology of microorganisms. Her recent research focuses on understanding the effects of ultraviolet radiation on natural life. Rothschild leads an international team in the Astrobiology Institute looking at the possibility of life going between planets and is heavily involved in astrobiology education.

Book a window with Hubbard and Rothschild on Thursday, May 2, between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. EDT (3:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. PDT). To book an interview, obtain speakers’ biographies and get b-roll, call Victoria Kushnir at 650/604-0176 or e-mail at: vkushnir@mail.arc.nasa.gov

Possible Questions for NASA Rocket Scientists:

  • Why do we need to explore space?
  • What major discoveries in space exploration have we made?
  • How can we inspire the younger generation?
  • What is the future of space exploration?

Live interviews will originate from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., on NASA TV.

NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2 (C-Band satellite), transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization with a downlink frequency of 3880 Mhz and audio of 6.8 Mhz. In case of trouble during the interview, call Ames master control at 650/604-1296

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