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For release: 03/02/04
Release #: 04-028

NASA Administrator and astronaut to visit Tennessee school to share new space exploration vision with students

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and astronaut Lee Morin will visit with students and faculty at Bolivar Elementary School in Bolivar, Tenn., Tuesday at 10 a.m. They will talk with the students about our destiny as explorers, NASA's approach to exploration, the impact of space on our lives and how people and machines rely on each other in space.


NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and astronaut Lee Morin will visit Bolivar Elementary School, a NASA Explorer School, in Bolivar, Tenn., on Tuesday, March 9 to share the Agency's new vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

When : Tuesday, March 9, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CST

Who : Sean O'Keefe, NASA Administrator; and astronaut Lee Morin

Where : Bolivar Elementary School, 445 Nuckols Road, Bolivar, Tenn.

"Right now, tomorrow's space explorers are seated in America's classrooms — asking questions, solving problems and conducting experiments,” O'Keefe said. “As NASA carries out President Bush's new vision for space exploration, we remain committed to working closely with our schools, fostering learning environments that will stimulate these future travelers to the Moon, to Mars and beyond."

During their visit, O'Keefe and Morin will talk with students about our destiny as explorers, NASA's stepping-stone approach to exploring Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond, how space impacts our lives, and how people and machines rely on each other in space.

Morin has logged more than 259 hours in space — all of it in April 2002 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis during the STS-110 mission to the International Space Station. He performed two extra vehicular activities, or spacewalks, totaling 14 hours. His space walks included installation of the SO (S-Zero) Truss — a 27,000 pound structure that increased power and data capabilities and provided a major backbone of the Space Station.

Members of the news media are invited to cover the entire visit, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. March 9. A media availability will be held on site at 11:10 a.m.

For media interested in arranging one-on-one interviews with O'Keefe in conjunction with his visit to Bolivar Elementary, please contact Martin Jensen of the Marshall Space Flight Center Media Relations Department at 256/544-0034.

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

http://explorerschools.nasa.gov

For more information about the President's new vision for space exploration on the Internet, visit:

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

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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