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Amber Marek                                                                                                                  March 11, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

KSC Release No. 09-04

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NASA Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director Visits Gainesville School to Share New Vision with Nation's Youth

NASA's Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director, Dr. Woodrow Whitlow will visit Howard W. Bishop Middle School, a NASA Explorer School (NES) in Gainesville, Fla., on March 17 to share the Agency's new vision for space exploration with the next generation of explorers. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the cafeteria of the school, located at 1901 NE 9th Street.

The presentation will begin with an International Space Station downlink. From 9:46 to 10:06 a.m. EST, attendees will participate in a live conversation with Expedition 8 Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Michael Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri. Foale and Kaleri have been living and working aboard the station since October 2003.

"Just as the children of yesterday are the leaders of today's space program, the children of today will lead America to the future success of the nation's new space exploration vision," Whitlow said. "I am ecstatic about visiting the school to share the nation's vision with the students."

Dr. Whitlow will also talk with students about our destiny as explorers, NASA's stepping stone approach to exploring Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond, the ways space impacts our lives, and how people and machines rely on each other in space.

For media interested in arranging interviews with Whitlow in conjunction with his visit to Howard W. Bishop Middle School, please contact Amber Marek at 321/867-2468. For those interested in accessing the NASA TV broadcast of the downlink with the Expedition 8 crew, NASA TV programming is available via satellite through AMC-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 Mhz, and audio of 6.8 Mhz.

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

For more information about the President's new vision for space exploration, visit:

For information about NASA, visit:


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