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Jonas Dino                                                                                                      May 28, 2004

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-5612

Email: jonas.dino@nasa.gov

Daryl Kirby

Governor's Office, Salt Lake City, Utah

Phone: 801/538-8812


NOTE TO EDITORS: 04-51AR

SENIOR NASA OFFICAL AND UTAH GOVERNOR TO VISIT EXPLORER SCHOOL

On June 2, 2004, NASA Assistant Administrator Lee Forsgren and Utah Governor Olene Walker will share the spotlight to inspire students at Wendover Junior/Senior High School in Wendover, Utah, to reach for their dreams. Accompanying Forsgren and Walker will be NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus.

Date:            Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Schedule:      10:00 a.m. MDT     Opening Remarks

                       10:15 a.m. MDT     Vision for Space Exploration presentation by NASA Assistant Administrator Lee Forsgren and astronaut Sandra Magnus    

                       11:20 a.m. MDT     Student Scholarships, Awards and Recognitions by Governor Olene Walker

Who:             NASA Assistant Administrator Lee Forsgren, Utah Governor Olene Walker and astronaut Sandra Magnus

Where:          Wendover Junior/Senior High School, 110 Wildcat Blvd., Wendover, Utah

"As NASA moves forward in its quest to explore Mars and beyond, it's important for us to energize and excite the next generation about the possibilities," said Forsgren. "We must create learning environments that will nurture the first human beings, from all segments of our society, who will become explorers of the universe."

During their visit, Forsgren and Magnus will talk with students about America's destiny as explorers, NASA's stepping-stone approach to exploring Earth, the moon, Mars and beyond, how space impacts our lives and how people and machines rely on each other in space.

Walker will recognize students for their outstanding achievements in the past year and the Governor's Initiative on Families Today (GIFT) organization, will present scholarships to several students.

Forsgren is the assistant administrator for NASA's Legislative Affairs Office, Washington. His office devises and implements legislative strategy to carry out NASA initiatives requiring congressional action. Before joining NASA, Forsgren was a special counsel for government relations for a Gulf Coast-based law firm and served on the Bush-Cheney Transportation Advisory Committee.

Magnus joined the astronaut corps in 1996 as a mission specialist after earning her doctorate in materials and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Magnus flew aboard space shuttle mission STS-112 in 2002, where she operated the shuttle's robotic arm on three spacewalks to outfit and activate new components on the International Space Station. The mission included 170 orbits of Earth, traveling 4.5 million miles in 10 days, 19 hours and 58 minutes.

News media interested in arranging an interview with Forsgren and Magnus in conjunction with their visit to Wendover Junior/Senior High School should contact Jonas Dino of NASA Ames Research Center at 650/604-5612 by June 1, 2004. All news media representatives will be required to sign in at the school's main office prior to entering the campus.

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program, visit:

http://explorerschools.nasa.gov

For more information about the Vision for Space Exploration, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/solarsystem/bush_vision.html

For information about NASA, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

For more information about Governor Walker, visit the Utah Governor's Office Website at:

http://www.utah.gov/governor/

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