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March 27, 2003
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NASA - Dryden Flight Research Center - News Room: News Releases: DEADLINE FOR NASA EDUCATOR ASTRONAUT APPLICANTS IS APRIL 30
 

DEADLINE FOR NASA EDUCATOR ASTRONAUT APPLICANTS IS APRIL 30

March 27, 2003

Release: 03-19

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About 270 California teachers have been nominated to be considered for astronaut training by NASA. NASA's Educator Astronaut Program (EAP) is recruiting teachers with certification in kindergarten through high school education for the astronaut corps. The new education initiative seeks those with a concentration in science or mathematics who are U.S. citizens and have taught in the classroom three of the last four years.

Nationwide, NASA has received more than 6,200 teacher nominations, some more than once, as popular educators have been nominated by several people. Teachers may apply using the Educator Astronaut Web site at: http://edspace.nasa.gov. Those without access to the Internet or who have questions about the program may call (877) 332-7876. Deadline for the program is April 30.

Educator Astronauts will be full-time members of the astronaut corps with multiple flight opportunities. Their duties will be equivalent to those performed by other mission specialist astronauts aboard the space shuttle or the International Space Station. NASA will review the applications and select Educator Astronaut candidates to begin training at Johnson Space Center, Houston.

"Educator Astronauts will be able to provide a direct connection between America's teachers and students, and the various opportunities associated with space exploration through the nation's aerospace program," said Associate Administrator for Education Dr. Adena Williams Loston, who will manage the program in Washington. "Education has always been a part of NASA's mission, and we have renewed our commitment to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

NASA Dryden contact for the Educator Astronaut Program is Katrina Emery at (661) 276-5807.

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