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For release: 05/17/04
Release #: 04-143

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

A NASA leader and an astronaut will visit Fordyce Middle School, a NASA Explorer school, on Wednesday, May 19. They will share the Vision for Space Exploration with students who represent the next generation of explorers.

When: Wednesday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. CDT

Who: Dean Acosta, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Affairs; and NASA astronaut Dr. Jim Reilly, a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, who has spent 517 hours in space, including three spacewalks.

Where: Fordyce Middle School, 75 Redbug Blvd., Fordyce, Ark.

"Right now, tomorrow's space explorers are sitting in America's classrooms — asking questions, solving problems and conducting experiments," Acosta said. "As NASA carries out the Vision for Space Exploration, we are working closely with our schools, fostering learning environments that will stimulate these future travelers to the Moon, to Mars and beyond."

During their visit, Acosta and Reilly 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 19. A media availability will be held on site at 10:35 a.m.

For media interested in arranging one-on-one interviews with Acosta and Reillyin conjunction with their visit to Fordyce Middle 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/explore_main.html

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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