U.S. representatives Jo Ann S. Davis (R-VA-1), Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D- VA-3) and J. Randy Forbes (R-VA-4) will tour NASA's Langley Research Center Monday, Jan. 23.
They will be joined by Virginia-born Astronaut Leland Melvin who will help host Langley's Congressional Day activities. Melvin began his NASA career in 1989 at Langley and was selected for the Astronaut Corps in June 1998. He is assigned to the Astronaut Office Robotics Branch and is co-manager of the Educator Astronaut Program.
Media are invited to speak with the visiting members of the Virginia Congressional Delegation and Astronaut Leland Melvin at an informal news conference at 1:15 p.m. Reporters who wish to participate should contact Marny Skora at 864-3315 or 344-6111 for credentials and access to the Center.
The visitors will meet with Center Director Lesa Roe to get an update on the scope of research currently performed at the Center. They will then tour the National Transonic Facility and the Cockpit Motion Simulator Facility as well as speak with employees at a town meeting.
At the close of the visit, the members of Congress will join Astronaut Melvin in a question-and-answer session with Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School students and teachers in Arlington, Va., via NASA's Digital Learning Network™. The Digital Learning Network™ uses videoconferencing to bring NASA program information and role models into the classroom to help stimulate student interest in math, science and technology.
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