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July 30, 2012
RELEASE JO12-012
NASA Brings Wonder of Space Station to Boston

HOUSTON – Media opportunities are available in Boston as NASA shares the accomplishments, promise and opportunities for research aboard the International Space Station in New England.

The agency will showcase its multimedia exhibit, "Destination Station," which is free with admission at the Boston Museum of Science. The exhibit will be open to the public Aug. 1 through Sept. 3. There also will be multiple activities in the Boston area supporting the exhibit.

There will be a live television event with astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Aug. 27 at the Boston Museum of Science. During the activities, which begin at 11 a.m. EDT, students will ask Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Suni Williams about the progress of their mission. NASA aerospace education specialist Richard Varner will host the event and give a presentation on current station activities. Reporters are asked to check in at 11 a.m. to pick up media packets and conduct interviews. To participate, contact the museum's Julia Sable at 617-589-4456.

Two NASA "Train Like An Astronaut" events will be held in the Boston area from 10-1 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Boston Triathlon, and from 10-3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Gillette Stadium. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and NASA representatives will be on hand to use the excitement of exploration to challenge students to set physical fitness and research goals. For more information, contact Gillette Stadium's Bryan Morry at 508-549-0546.

Space station story time will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Aug.13 at the JFK Presidential Library. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy will do a reading from "Reaching for the Moon," by Buzz Aldrin. For more information, contact the library's Amy Macdonald at 617-514-1645.

NASA astronaut Mike Foreman will be at the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach to give a presentation on LEGOS in Space, a partnership between NASA and The LEGO Group to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). For more information, contact the University's Chris Rogers at 617-627-2882.

Foreman and NASA Scientist Kirt Costello will discuss scientific experiments aboard the station and how results are affecting life on Earth during a panel discussion from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 14 at Northeastern University's Raytheon Amphitheatre. They will be joined by representatives from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and other space scientists. To participate, contact NASA's Ciandra Jackson at 281-483-2924.

A joint event with NASA and the U.S. Forest Service will take place from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Myles Standish State Forest near Plymouth, Mass. U.S. Forest Service mascot Smokey Bear and NASA's Cosmo mascot will meet for the first time in an event open to media and the public. Reporters are asked to check in at 7 p.m. For more information, contact U.S. Forest Service representative Maureen Brooks at 610-742-7614.

The Boston Museum of Science will host a series of events Aug. 16 through 19. The first of three "Mars and Beyond" presentations with NASA astronaut Steve Bowen will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 17. The next two will start at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 and 1:30 p.m. Aug.19. For more information, contact the museum's Julia Sable at 617-589-4456.

Bowen and NASA experts will deliver space suit presentations at the Boston Children's Museum at 11 a.m. Aug. 19. Young attendees also will have the opportunity to create their own construction paper astronauts and space suits. For more information, contact the museum's Alissa Daniels at 617-426-6500, ext. 342.

For more about Destination: Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/destinationstation

For more about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

For biographies of the astronauts, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios

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Dan Huot
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111

Susan Anderson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111

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