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For release: 09/30/04
Release #: 04-242

NASA official and astronaut visit Marvell School to share space exploration vision with students

A NASA official and an astronaut will visit Marvell Primary School in Marvell, Ark., a NASA Explorer School, on Thursday, Oct. 7. They will share the Vision for Space Exploration with the students who represent the next generation of explorers. The Vision calls for safe return to flight of the Space Shuttle, completion of the International Space Station, and human and robotic exploration of the Solar System.

When: Thursday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. CDT

Who: Rex Geveden, deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.; and NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam, Jr., a veteran of two space flights logging over 593 hours in space, including three spacewalks.

Where: Marvell Primary, 108 College St., Marvell, Ark.

The NASA Explorer Schools Program is a three-year partnership between NASA and the selected schools. It provides opportunities and materials for teachers to spark innovative science and math instruction targeted to fourth through ninth grade students. To date, more than 100 teams of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities from 46 states have participated.

"Right now, tomorrow's space explorers are sitting in America's classrooms — asking questions, solving problems and conducting experiments," Geveden 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, Mars and beyond."

During their visit, Geveden and Curbeam 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. They also will focus on the career opportunities in a variety of occupations that students can pursue.

Members of the news media are invited to cover the entire visit on Oct. 7. Media availability will be held on site at Marvell Primary School at 10:50 a.m.

For media interested in arranging one-on-one interviews with Geveden and Curbeam in conjunction with the visit to Marvell Primary 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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