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For release: 10-18-04
Release #: 04-249  

NASA official and astronaut visit Louisiana school to share space exploration vision with students

A NASA official and an astronaut will visit Baker Middle School in Baker, La., on Monday, Oct. 25. 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.


A NASA official and an astronaut will visit Baker Middle School in Baker, La., on Monday, Oct. 25. 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: Monday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. CDT

Who: David King, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.; NASA astronaut Dom Gorie, a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions logging 786 hours in space.

Where: Baker Middle School, 5903 Groom Road, Baker, La.

Baker Middle School and its sister school Park Ridge Elementary were named NASA Explorer Schools in the spring of 2004. The 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 in 46 states have participated.

"Right now, tomorrow's space explorers are sitting in America's classrooms — asking questions, solving problems and conducting experiments,” King 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, King and Gorie 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. 25. Media availability will be held on site at Baker Middle School at 10:50 a.m.

For media interested in arranging one-on-one interviews with King and Gorie in conjunction with the visit to Baker 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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