Kennedy News

Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Sharon Scheidhauer
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Andrea Farmer
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla.

June 28, 2010
NASA Kennedy Space Center Hosts Naturalization Ceremony July 1
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will help welcome more than 100 people as new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla., on July 1 at 9 a.m. EDT. Media are invited to attend the ceremony and NASA will provide video and still image coverage.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer the Oath of Allegiance at Kennedy to a group of candidates representing 36 countries in honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday. An estimated 3,800 candidates will become citizens at 55 special ceremonies, including the one at Kennedy, held across the country and around the world from July 1-6. This will be the first time a naturalization ceremony will be held at a NASA facility.

The new citizens, some of whom are U.S. service members, will be available for media interviews.

Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Andrea Farmer at 321-449-4318 or Jillian McRae at 321-449-4273. Media need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. For more information about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visit:

Video b-roll of the ceremony will be available on the NASA Television Video File Thursday afternoon. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

Images of the ceremony will be posted on Kennedy's Media Gallery at:

For more information about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, visit:

For more information about NASA's Kennedy Space Center, visit:


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