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Amber Marek                                                                                                        September 23 , 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

KSC Release: 74-04

NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Visits Naples School To Share Vision for Space with Nation's Youth

NASA's Center Director, Jim Kennedy and a NASA astronaut will visit Immokalee Middle School and the students of Pine Ridge Middle School, a NASA Explorer School (NES) team in Naples, Fla., on Sept. 28 to share the Vision for Space Exploration with the next generation of explorers. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT at the Immokalee Middle School's auditorium, located at 401 North 9th Street.

"Just as the youth of the 1940s became the pioneers that launched our current space program, the students of the new millennium will turn the Vision for Space Exploration into reality," said Kennedy. "I can't wait to visit the students of Immokalee and Pine Ridge and share the vision with them so they can be a part of our nation's future space exploration programs."

Kennedy will talk with students about our destiny as explorers, NASA's stepping stone approach to exploring Earth, the moon, Mars and beyond, and different careers needed to meet the Vision.

For media interested in arranging interviews with the speakers in conjunction with their visit to the school, please contact Amber Marek at 321/867-2468.

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program on the Internet, visit:

http://explorerschools.nasa.gov

For more information about the Vision for Space Exploration visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/solarsystem/bush_vision.html

For information about NASA visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

 

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