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04-010
For Release: February 12, 2004

Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office
216-433-5795
sallie.a.keith@nasa.gov

NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

NASA GLENN DIRECTOR GOES TO SCHOOL TO SHARE NEW VISION WITH CHICAGO'S YOUTH

NASA's Glenn Research Center Director Dr. Julian M. Earls and Astronaut Joan Higginbotham will visit Chicago's Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, a NASA Explorer School, next week to share the agency's new vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

When: 9:00 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 18
Who: NASA Glenn Research Center Director Dr. Julian M. Earls
and Astronaut Joan Higgenbotham
Where: Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, 6700 N. Greenview, Chicago

"It is vital we create learning environments in partnership with our schools that will prepare our young people for the journey ahead," said Dr. Earls. "Our nation's youth will inherit the challenge to explore Mars and beyond in the years to come. We must do what we can to engage them in the exciting possibilities the President's new vision for space exploration holds for them."

Dr. Earls will talk with students about our 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.

Media representatives interested in arranging interviews with Dr. Earls in conjunction with his visit to Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, please contact Sallie Keith at 216-433-5795 or 216-308-0801(cell).

For more information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program on the Internet, visit: http://explorerschools.nasa.gov

For more information about the President's new vision for space exploration on the Internet, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/missions/solarsystem/bush_vision.html

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

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