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Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
November 1, 2006
RELEASE : 06-064
Young Astronauts Make Annual Visit to NASA Glenn
Buses loaded with over 350 students from 20 schools throughout Ohio will arrive at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, on November 4 for a day of events and activities involving engineering and scientific challenges.

This 14th annual Young Astronaut Day will be held Nov. 4 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Student teams will compete in activities such as Mars Entry, Descent and Landing, where younger students will build a parachute with shock absorbers, and Space Spud, in which protective spacesuits will be developed to protect a potato space man from meteorite impacts.

The day will begin with Ohio Astronaut Michael Good greeting the students in the Developmental Engineering Building Auditorium. Good was just named one of the astronauts scheduled to service the Hubble Space Telescope sometime in 2008.

NASA Glenn scientists and engineers will then provide instructions and a summary of the day's events. Pilots (6th grade and younger) will meet in Glenn's Developmental Engineering Building Cafeteria, while Commanders (7th through 12th grades) will convene in the Main Cafeteria to take part in competitive activities.

Good is a graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School and is an Air Force colonel and weapons' systems officer. He graduated from the Air Force Test Pilot School, having logged more than 2,100 hours in 30 different types of aircraft. He was selected as a mission specialist by NASA in July 2000.

This year's event is sponsored by Glenn's Aeronautics Division and the Northern Ohio section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Schools participating in this year's Young Astronaut Day:

Ashland Elementary School
Ashland Middle School
Ashland High School

Ford Middle School
St. Adalbert School

Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Girl Scout Troop 1578

Broadview Heights
Girl Scout Troop 1795

Berkshire Junior/Senior High School

St. Patrick's School

Birchwood School

Superior Middle School

North Canton
Girl Scout Troop 506

Olmsted Falls
Fitch Elementary School

Girl Scout Troop 1658
Jane Addams High School
Parma Heights Christian Academy
Parma Senior High School

Rocky River
Magnificat High School

University Heights
GESU Elementary School

Edison Academy

Media representatives interested in covering the activities should call Lori Rachul at 216-433-8806 in order to be cleared through security.


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