Kennedy News

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Feb. 8, 2002
RELEASE : 08-02
NASA/KSC Supports Space Industry Day In Tallahassee
Kennedy Space Center Director Roy Bridges and representatives from Florida space-related companies, legislators, agencies and academia will attend this year's Space Industry Day Feb. 12 - 13, at the State Capitol Building in Tallahassee. This year's theme is "Florida's Future is Space."

Space Industry Day is an annual event held in Tallahassee designed to increase awareness of the nation's space program and its importance in Florida. It allows industry leaders to express their appreciation for Florida's continued support for space enterprises.

This year the space industry will focus on the tangible benefits and diversified economy the space program offers our State. Special events and exhibits will help show how math, science and space-related education are the backbone of Florida's technical workforce.

Numerous events and activities are scheduled over the two-day period. Below are a few of the events news media are invited to cover at the State Capitol Building on Feb. 12.

10 a.m. -- NASA astronauts will begin meeting with various State legislators on the 4th floor of the Capitol Building.

10:30 a.m. -- House Speaker Tom Feeney will address NASA/KSC senior managers and other space industry representatives in the House Chamber.

11:30 a.m. -- KSC Director Roy Bridges and other space leaders will be available to members of the press for comment regarding Space Industry Day activities on the 4th floor of the Capitol Building.

2:30 p.m. -- Astronaut Jim Voss, who recently spent 163 days on the International Space Station, will be present in the House Chamber as legislators consider a resolution in support of the space industry.

4 p.m. -- In the Capitol Building's courtyard, KSC Director Bridges and Lt. Governor Frank Brogan will recognize the student winner of the annual Space Gateway Support space art contest, and the winner of the Florida Space Business Roundtable's annual "Explorer" award for space education.

On Feb. 13 at 11 a.m., NASA astronaut Jim Voss will answer visiting students' questions at the "Astronaut Encounter" in the Capitol Courtyard.

Media are also invited to tour the two traveling NASA trailer exhibits located in the courtyard in front of the Capitol Building. These exhibits showcase the International Space Station and NASA's next-generation space transportation programs.

The NASA Johnson Space Center International Space Station exhibit, two 48-foot trailers docked at a 90-degree angle, creates a walk-through exhibit featuring scale replicas of Station components and focuses on living in space. The Starship 2040 trailer exhibit, a replica of a NASA future space vehicle, from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, features a mockup of spacecraft controls, passenger area and engineering compartments.

The NASA exhibits and other space-related exhibits will be open both days to the general public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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