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Kathleen Burton                                                                                  March 10, 2004

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-1731 or 604-9000




NASA Research Park (NRP) will launch a new Exploration Lecture Series at NASA Ames Research Center, beginning March 11, 2004.

The free public talks, featuring a theme of space exploration, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST in Bldg. 943, just outside the main gate of NASA Ames Research Center, next to the new Mars Center.

The new series will feature top researchers and academics, who will examine new technologies for human and robot-based exploration, as well as on-going and planned space exploration missions. 

"The Exploration Lecture Series is closely linked to the nation's bold new exploration vision, to send humans to the moon by 2020 and, afterwards, to Mars," said Michael Marlaire, director of external relations and development at Ames. "The goal of the lectures is to build on NRP's partnerships with industry and academia, and reach out to the community with accessible lectures by pre-eminent authors and scientists," he said.

The first lecture, "The Moon, Mars and Beyond," will feature Dr. Andrew Chaikin, author of "A Man on the Moon: The Triumphant Story of the Apollo Space Program." The book was the basis for Tom Hanks' HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," which won an Emmy for best miniseries in 1998.

Chaikin has authored and edited several popular books about space, including "The New Solar System," "Air and Space: The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight," "Apollo: An Eyewitness Account," and " Full Moon," a collection of Apollo photography. Chaikin's most recent book, "SPACE: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs," was published in 2002 by Carlton Books.

A graduate of Brown University, Chaikin served as executive editor for space and science at until 2001 and was editor of Sky and Telescope magazine for many years. Chaikin is currently a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition program.

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101. Seating at the lectures is on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more about future lectures in the series, please visit:

NASA Research Park, located at NASA Ames Research Center near Mountain View, Calif., is a shared-use R&D and education campus, which is based on partnerships among universities, industry and non-profits.  Initial NRP research collaborations include astrobiology, information technology and nanotechnology.



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