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NASA TO SHARE EXPLORATION VISION WITH STUDENTS
NASA's White House Liaison, Jeffrey Jezierski, will visit Lee
County Middle School at 9 a.m. Friday, April 16, to share the
agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of
explorers. Jezierski will be accompanied by Roy D. Bridges, Center
Director at NASA's Langley Research Center and astronaut Frederick
Jezierski will talk with Lee County students about America's
heritage as explorers. He will outline NASA's stepping-stone
approach to exploring Earth, returning to the Moon, then moving on
to Mars and beyond.
"The President has laid out a vision that inspires all
Americans, but it is with particular enthusiasm that we are
visiting the NASA Explorer Schools. Students are the explorers of
tomorrow. They now have their mission and they will accomplish it,"
Media interested in arranging interviews with Jezierski
should contact Michael Finneran at 757-864-6124 or 757-344-4611
(mobile) by noon on Wednesday, April 14.
"I've had the good fortune to experience exploration first-hand
- as an Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut," said Bridges, who
assumed leadership at NASA Langley in August 2003. "I want to share
with today's students both the excitement of discovery and how they
can prepare to play a roll in our nation's future in space."
Sturckow, a USMC Lieutenant Colonel, joined the astronaut corps
in 1995. He has flown twice; first on STS-88 in 1998, the first
International Space Station assembly mission, and most recently on
STS-105 in 2001. He has logged over 568 hours in space. He is
assigned as Crew Commander on Shuttle mission STS-117, yet to
"NASA Explorer Schools program provides middle school children
the opportunity to connect the scientific principles that they are
learning in the classroom to 'real world' applications such as the
world of space and space travel," said Frank Kincaid,
Superintendent, Lee County Schools.
Lee County Middle School is an Explorer School and is
participating in a three-year partnership with NASA.
Stimulating student imaginations and creativity via NASA
discoveries, the partnership seeks to inspire young people and help
them pursue careers in science, technology and engineering.
For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program on the
For more information about the President's vision for space
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