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Tabatha Thompson
Headquarters, Washington

Kelli Nowinsky
COSI, Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 19, 2008
NASA Deputy Administrator Visits Columbus for Future Forum
COLUMBUS, Ohio - On Thursday, Feb. 21, NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will deliver a keynote address at 8:45 a.m. EST, at the Center of Science and Industry, known as COSI. NASA's Columbus Future Forum focuses on how space exploration benefits Ohio's economy and is part of a yearlong series celebrating the agency's 50th anniversary. Gov. Ted Strickland will deliver the luncheon address.

Astronaut Carl Walz, director of the Advanced Capabilities Division in NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, will provide an overview of the agency's plans to return to the moon and beyond. Other NASA participants include astronaut Piers Sellers; Woodrow Whitlow, director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland; Geoffrey Landis, a researcher at Glenn; and John Hairston, director of external affairs at Glenn.

Dale and others will participate in a media question and answer session following the morning event. Reporters who would like to attend should contact Tabatha Thompson at 202-358-3895 or

Event schedule for the NASA Columbus Future Forum:

- 8:30 a.m. - Welcome by host, David Chesebrough, president of COSI
- 8:45 a.m. - Remarks by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale
- 9:15 a.m. - Overview of the NASA Exploration Program, astronaut Carl Walz
- 9:55 a.m. - Media question and answer with presenters
- 10 a.m. - Innovation Panel: "Unleashing the power of technology and creativity"
- 11:15 a.m. - Discovery Panel: "Pushing the limits of knowledge to inspire new generations"
- 12:30 p.m. - Luncheon with address by Gov. Ted Strickland
- 1:45 p.m. - Inspiration Panel: "Building idea factories for the future"

For complete biographical information about Dale, visit:

For more information about COSI, visit:

For more information on NASA's 50th Anniversary Future Forums, visit:

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