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Jonas Dino                                                                                              April 13, 2004

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-5612 or 650/207-3280




NASA Assistant Administrator Paul Pastorek will share the excitement surrounding the Vision for Space Exploration with the next generation of explorers at Poplar Middle School in Poplar, Mont., on April 16, 2004. Accompanying Pastorek will be astronaut Yvonne Cagle, M.D.

Date:            Friday, April 16, 2004

Schedule:      1:00 p.m. MDT Vision for Space Exploration presentation by NASA Assistant Administrator Paul Pastorek.                     

                       2:05 p.m. MDT  Media Availability/Question-and-answer session

                       2:20 p.m. MDT  School Tour

Who:             NASA Assistant Administrator Paul Pastorek and astronaut Yvonne Cagle.

Where:          Poplar Middle School, 400 4th Avenue West, Poplar, Mont. 59255

Pastorek will share NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe's enthusiasm for the NASA Explorer Schools Program with the young students.

"Right now, tomorrow's space explorers are seated in America's classrooms -- asking questions, solving problems and conducting experiments," O'Keefe said. "As we work to carry NASA's new vision forward, we remain committed to working closely with our schools to foster learning environments that will inspire young people to venture to the moon, to Mars and beyond."

During their visit, Pastorek and Cagle will talk with students about America's 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.

Pastorek has served as NASA's general counsel since February 2002. As general counsel, he is a principal advisor to the NASA administrator. Pastorek presently serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and has been president of that organization since 2000. He also has served on several K-12 and university- level commissions.

Cagle joined the astronaut corps as a mission specialist in August 1996 after completing a distinguished career as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. Before becoming an astronaut, Cagle served as an occupational physician at the NASA-Johnson Space Center Occupational Health Clinic, where she designed medical protocols and conducted screening for remote duty operations. Cagle is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston and has held multiple faculty appointments at Stanford University, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and University of California, Davis.

News media interested in arranging an interview with Pastorek or Cagle in conjunction with their visit to Poplar Middle School should contact Jonas Dino of NASA Ames Research Center at 650/207-3280 to book a time slot by April 16, 2004. All news media representatives will be required to sign in at the school's main office prior to entering the campus.

For information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program, visit:

For more information about the Vision for Space Exploration, visit:

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