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For release: 05/12/04
Release #: 04-139

NASA leader and astronaut visit Bastrop school to share space exploration vision with students

The director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and a NASA astronaut will visit H.V. Adams Elementary School in Bastrop, La., a NASA Explorer School, on Friday, May 14. They will share the Vision for Space Exploration with students who represent the next generation of space explorers.

When: Friday, May 14, 2 p.m. CDT

Who: David King, director, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.; Ken Ham, astronaut-pilot, currently assigned as a capsule communicator for Space Shuttle ascent, entry, orbit and the International Space Station.

Where: H.V. Adams Elementary School, 804 Kammel St., Bastrop, La.

"Right now, tomorrow's space explorers are seated in America's classrooms — asking questions, solving problems and conducting experiments," King said. As NASA carries out the 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 the visit, King and Ham 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.

Members of the news media are invited to cover the entire visit on May 14. A media availability will be held on site at 2:50 p.m.

For media interested in arranging one-on-one interviews with King or Ham in conjunction with their visit to H.V. Adams Elementary School, please contact Martin Jensen of the Marshall 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 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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