Rachel Prucey
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Steve Brody
International Space University, Washington

Denise Vardakas
Singularity University, Moffett Field, Calif.
June 28, 2009
RELEASE : M09-72
NASA Webcasts Universities' Opening Ceremony Live
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will broadcast live online on Ustream TV as it welcomes more than 500 guests, including an international cadre of students and faculty from nearly 40 countries for the International Space University and Singularity University Opening Ceremony on June 29, 2009. The ceremony will be held in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Calif., and will feature a multimedia celebration of space.

Co-hosted by the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France and the Singularity University (SU), Moffett Field, the evening event will feature a musical act, multimedia presentations and speakers to welcome the students of ISU's 22nd annual Space Studies Program and the inaugural class of the SU Graduate Studies Program to NASA, Silicon Valley and California.

To watch the ceremony online, tune in to on Monday, June 29, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT.

WHAT: An opportunity to observe a gathering of the next generation of space entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers as they begin their summer academic tracks at ISU and SU at NASA Ames.

WHO: Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif., as well as host of the institute’s radio show, "Are We Alone?" will be the master of ceremonies. A list of speakers appears below.

WHERE: To view the ceremony live online, visit The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, Calif.

WHEN: Monday, June 29, 2009. All times listed are in PDT. Abridged Opening Ceremony Schedule:
- 6 p.m.: Grand opening ceremony begins
- 6:20 p.m.: S. Pete Worden, director of Ames
- 6:23 p.m.: Charles Scales, NASA's associate deputy administrator
- 6:40 p.m.: Tony Spitaleri, mayor of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Margaret Abe Koga, mayor Mountain View, Calif.
- 6:44 p.m.: Bella Gaia multi-media performance
- 7:03 p.m.: Peter Diamandis, space entrepreneur and co-founder of ISU and SU
- 7:08 p.m.: Michael Simpson, president of ISU
- 7:30 p.m.: Ceremony closes, guests depart.

For more information about the International Space University, visit:

For more information about the Singularity University, visit:

For more information about NASA's Ames, visit:

For information about NASA’s Education programs, visit:


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