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04-033
For Release: May 18, 2004

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
216/433-2406
katherine.martin@nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:


NASA ASTRONAUT AND SENIOR OFFICIAL TO SHARE EXPLORATION VISION WITH DETROIT SCHOOL

NASA officials will visit with students in Detroit, Mich. this week to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Space Science Chris Scolese and Astronaut Michael Bloomfield will visit on Friday, May 21 with students at Elizabeth Courville Elementary School, 18040 Saint Aubin Street, Detroit. The event will begin at 9 a.m.

"In partnership with our schools, it's essential that we create learning environments that will excite the first human beings who will explore Mars and beyond in years to come," said Scolese. "We're a nation of explorers who cannot turn this vision into reality without our young people."

Bloomfield and Scolese will talk with the 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.

Elizabeth Courville Elementary School is one of 100 schools selected to participate in the NASA Explorer Schools Program, a 3-year partnership of scientific and engineering adventures to engage students using NASA resources and capabilities. The program is designed to give students the foundation and inspiration to pursue careers in science, mathematics and technology.

Media representatives interested in arranging interviews with Scolese or Bloomfield in conjunction with their visits, please contact Katherine Martin at 216-287-2261(cell).

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

For more information about the Vision for Space Exploration on the Internet, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/missions/solarsystem/bush_vision.html

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