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October 10, 2000

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Elaine Stoermer
Clear Creek Independent School District

Release: J00-62


A 6-year old Texas Longhorn steer will be the latest addition to a unique educational project that teaches local high school students how animal husbandry, agriculture and aquaculture relate to the future of human space flight.

Mr. Hal Hillman, past president and chairman of the board of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will present the steer — named “Texas Twister, HH” by Clear Creek students — to the project on Wednesday, October 11 at the Western Heritage Pavilion at the entrance to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In a ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m., Texas Twister, HH will be introduced to students, JSC management and employees, invited guests and media.

The Clear Creek Independent School District Agriculture Science Center Learning Laboratory, more commonly called the Longhorn Project, was jointly developed by JSC, the Clear Creek Independent School District, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America. As students work cultivating fruit and vegetables, or grooming loaned heifers and bulls for the annual livestock show, they also learn about the sorts of alternate plant growth techniques and closed-loop life support and water and waste recycling technologies that are vital to expanding a human presence further into space.

Texas Twister, HH will join three other Texas Longhorn steers as the most visible symbols of the ambitious education project, ranging the 60-acre Longhorn Project adjacent to JSC’s Rocket Park.


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