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For release: 03/24/04
Release #: 04-077

Three-thousand K-12 students to get a look at NASA film 'Ring World' and the Vision for Space Exploration at Louisiana Tech this week

This week, as Louisiana celebrates Space Week to increase student interest and performance in science and math through a focus on aerospace and space programs and accomplishments, the Marshall Center will be part of the activities at Louisiana Technical University in Ruston. Steve Culivan, a Marshall aerospace education specialist, will show 3,000 students from 50 Ruston-area schools a video highlighting the Vision for Space Exploration.


What: This week Louisiana is celebrating Space Week to increase student interest and performance in science and math through a focus on aerospace and space programs and accomplishments. A flurry of activities will mark the week at Louisiana Technical University in Ruston . The Vision for Space Exploration calls for NASA to return humans to the Moon, where they will lay the groundwork for exploration missions to Mars and beyond. NASA is working closely with schools to foster learning environments for our future space travelers. An expected 3,000 students from 50 Ruston-area schools will get a first look at the new NASA film "Ring World," focusing on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn — launched in October 1997 to study the ringed planet. It will begin orbiting Saturn in July.

Students also will get hands-on experience at the IDEA Place Math and Science Discovery Center — a campus science museum that includes exhibits showcasing everything from computers to lasers. They'll star-gaze at the Louisiana Tech planetarium and try out an inflatable Moonwalk and inflatable Shuttle which allow students to experience the space environment. Louisiana Tech is home to an Educator Resource Center, sponsored by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. — part of a nationwide program designed to enhance educator awareness and understanding of NASA scientific research and technological development.

Who: Louisiana native Steve Culivan, an aerospace education specialist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and a graduate of Louisiana Tech, 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 today's students can be at the center of the Vision for Space Exploration. Culivan will show the new NASA video, "A Renewed Spirit of Discovery," highlighting that Vision, which was announced by President Bush in January. Copies of the video will be made available to visiting news media on request.

When: Friday, March 26
9:30 a.m. CST

Where: Louisiana Technical University, Wiley Tower Auditorium, Railroad Avenue, Ruston, La.

To attend: For news media interested in arranging one-on-one interviews with Culivan in conjunction with his visit to Louisiana Tech, please contact Martin Jensen of the Marshall Center Media Relations Department at 256/544-0034.

For more information about the Vision for Space Exploration on the Internet, visit:

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

For more information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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