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April 13, 2000

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281) 244-8406

Release: J00-25

Astronaut Dunbar Returns to Washington for Four Events

Astronaut Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, a five-time space traveler, will make four appearances in Yakima and Seattle between April 13 and 19 to relate her story about space and what it takes to get there. A special presentation with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra highlights her visit to Washington.

A highly honored astronaut, Dr. Dunbar has logged over 1,208 hours in space, as a mission specialist in 1985, 1990, and 1995, and as payload commander in 1992 and 1998. Dunbar is an accomplished private pilot.

Astronaut Dunbar will speak to the Downtown Rotary Club in Yakima at noon on Thursday, April 13, at the Convention Center at 10 North 8th Street. The event contact is Ms. Carolyn Flory at 509-452-8332.

In an address about having career dreams, reaching goals, and experiencing space, Dunbar will speak to the Yakima Valley Chapter of Zonta International at noon on Friday April 14, at the Doubletree Hotel at 1507 North 1st Street in Yakima. Ms. Candi Broadfoot at 509-453-0123 is the contact.

In a special event with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra on Saturday April 15, at 8:00 p.m., Dr. Dunbar will narrate Gustav Holst’s film, “The Planets” at the Capitol Theatre at 19 South 3rd Street in Yakima. Ms. Noel Moxley at 509-248-1414 and Mr. Brooke Creswell at 509-457-5354 are event contacts.

On Wednesday April 19, at 11:30 p.m., Astronaut Dunbar will speak to the Federal Aviation Authority’s Northwest Mountain Region Airports Conference at Cavanaughs on Fifth Avenue Hotel at 1415 Fifth Avenue in Seattle.

Currently, Dr. Dunbar serves as Assistant Director for University Research and Affairs at NASA’s JSC. In this position she is the focal point for JSC’s educational programs, grant programs, and collaborative efforts with colleges, universities, scientific, and engineering organizations.

Astronaut Dunbar is willing to do print or electronic media interviews before or after the events depending on schedule constraints.


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