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Debbie V. Nguyen
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE : JE05-014
NASA to Present Texas Flag Flown in Space to San Antonio School
A Texas flag flown aboard space shuttle Discovery during the STS-114 mission last July will be presented to Oak Hills Elementary School in San Antonio by NASA during a visit on Thursday, Nov. 3 as part of a NASA Explorer Schools activity. Johnson Space Center’s Acting Director of Education, Phil West, will share the Vision for Space Exploration with the future explorers at Oak Hills during the event at the school. Oak Hills was selected as a NASA Explorer School in May 2005. Media are welcome to attend the event.

When: 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
Who: Phil West, Acting Director, Office of Education, NASA Johnson Space Center
Where: Oak Hills Terrace Elementary, 5710 Cary Grant, San Antonio, school cafeteria

A media availability will be held at 2 p.m. in the school library following the program. Media interested in arranging interviews with West should contact Debbie V. Nguyen at 832-567-1081 and Pascual Gonzalez at 210-397-8550.

A family night will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the school to engage parents and discuss the importance of science and math education.

West joined NASA in Houston as a cooperative education student in 1984. Upon graduation from college in 1988, he became an engineer developing advanced spacesuits. He later managed a team designing tools for spacewalkers. West is currently serving as the acting director of the Office of Education at JSC where he helps to inspire the next generation of explorers through NASA’s unique mission and content.

The NASA Explorer Schools Program provides educators, students and families with classroom resources and innovative technology based on NASA’s unique research, discoveries and missions. During the three-year partnership, NASA assists schools in addressing needs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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

For more information about NASA and the Vision for Space Exploration on the Internet, visit:

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