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Dean Acosta/Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1400/1272
Sept. 22, 2006
 
RELEASE : 06-322
 
 
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Visits China
 
 
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin begins a trip to China this weekend, marking the first time a NASA administrator visits the country.

Griffin is making this visit at the invitation of Laiyan Sun, administrator of the China National Space Administration. His visit runs from Saturday to Thursday. The trip includes stops in Beijing and Shanghai. During his trip, Griffin will tour a number of aerospace facilities.

"My goal is to become acquainted with my counterparts in China and to understand their goals for space exploration," Griffin said.

Senior NASA officials accompanying Griffin to China include Associate Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier, Assistant Administrator for External Relations Michael O'Brien and NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid, all of whom have extensive experience working with international space programs.

For updates on the NASA administrator's trip to China, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/griffin_china.html

 

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