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March 25, 2011
RELEASE J011-004
NASA Launches Space Week Texas 2011

HOUSTON - On March 31, NASA takes over the Texas Capitol for "Space Day at the Capitol." It's a space exploration celebration as big as the Lone Star State featuring out-of-this-world space exhibits, educational presentations for students, astronaut appearances, legislative proclamations and the rare chance to touch a piece of an almost 4-billion-year-old moon rock.

Activities at the Capitol include:

- 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. - media interviews with astronaut Doug Wheelock
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - free interactive NASA Driven to Explore mobile exhibit along Colorado Street
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - educational presentations for registered students on the Capitol lawn
- 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - astronaut autograph sessions in the basement rotunda
- Space proclamations will be read in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate.

To schedule media interviews, please contact Lindsay Cunningham at 281-483-2924 or lindsay.cunningham@nasa.gov.

Other Space Week Texas activities include events in College Station March 24-27 at the College Station Independent School District Tiger Stadium and the George Bush Presidential Library.

For more information about Space Week Texas 2011, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/events/sed.html

For astronaut Wheelock's biography, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/wheelock.html

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home

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Linda Matthews-Schmidt
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-8609

Lindsay Cunningham
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-2924

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