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Victoria Steiner                                                                                            May 17, 2004     

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-0176


NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media representatives are invited to attend a special Exploration Center night dedicated to the Asian and Pacific Islander month.  On Thursday, May 20, members of a local Asian non-profit organization will get an opportunity to tour the Exploration Center at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.  The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. PDT. To attend the event, reporters should contact Victoria Steiner at (650) 60-40176 or Members of the Asian American press are encouraged to cover the event,



In May, NASA Ames Research Center is celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage month. As one aspect of the celebration, Ames is welcoming media representatives to the new Exploration (Mars) Center to learn about current NASA research and cutting-edge technologies and NASA Ames' role in the current Mars Exploration Rovers mission.

This year, members of the Asian Business League (ABL) of San Francisco are joining NASA Ames to commemorate the Asian culture. ABL representatives will attend the Exploration Center tour and have an opportunity to experience the new immersive theater showing real Mars imagery sent by the two Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. This event is one of a series at NASA Ames designed to reach out to diverse local minority community and news media groups that represent and serve a large percentage of the San Francisco Bay Area population.

"An important thrust of our present campaign is to engage local communities, to inform and involve them in our space exploration vision" said NASA Ames' Public Affairs Director David Morse.  "We want to be sure that all of our citizens and media organizations enjoy equal access to information about NASA missions, programs, facilities, goals, people and accomplishments."



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