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For Release: May 19, 2004

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office



NASA officials will visit with students in Ann Arbor, Mich. this week to share the agency's vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers.

NASA's Associate Administrator for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, Bryan O'Connor, and Astronaut Michael Bloomfield will visit on Thursday, May 20 with students at Scarlett Middle School, 3300 Lorraine, Ann Arbor. Students from Ann Arbor's Mitchell Elementary School will also be in attendance at the event, which begins at 9:30 a.m.

"In light of the new vision for Space Exploration, we at NASA must prepare our young people for the road ahead," said O'Connor. "These middle school students will help meet the challenge to explore Mars and other destinations in our cosmos in the years to come. We must do what we can to excite them to the possibilities that wait for them."

Bloomfield and O'Connor will talk about our destiny as explorers, NASA's stepping-stone approach to exploring Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond, and introduce a video of the exciting Mars rover missions that are going on at this moment.

Scarlett Middle School is one of 100 schools selected to participate in the NASA Explorer Schools program, a 3-year partnership of scientific and engineering adventures to engage students using NASA resources and capabilities. The program is designed to give students the foundation and inspiration to pursue careers in science, mathematics and technology.

Media representatives interested in arranging interviews with participants in conjunction with this visit please contact Sallie Keith at 216-433-5795 or Katherine Martin at 216-287-2261.

For more information about the NASA Explorer Schools Program on the Internet, visit:

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