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Amber Marek                                                                                                        September 15, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-9284)

KSC Release: 69-04

NASA Astronaut and Officials Visiting Atlanta Schools to Share Vision for Space with Nation's Youth

A NASA astronaut and officials from the Agency will visit Ronald E. McNair High School and University Community Academy, NASA Explorer Schools in Atlanta, on Sept 20 to share the Vision for Space Exploration with the next generation of explorers.

The presentation at Ronald E. McNair High School will begin at 9 a.m. EDT at the school’s gymnasium, located at 1804 Bouldercrest Road S.E. Dr. Julian Earls, Director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and astronaut Leland Melvin will talk with students about our destiny as explorers, NASA’s stepping-stone approach to exploring Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond, and different NASA careers needed to meet the Vision.

Starting at 1 p.m. EDT, Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Deputy Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and astronaut Leland Melvin will address the students of University Community Academy at Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center, 350 Spelman Lane S.W.M

"Right now, tomorrow's space explorers are seated in America's classrooms, asking questions, solving problems and conducting experiments," Whitlow said. "As NASA carries out the Vision for Space Exploration, we remain committed to working closely with our schools, fostering learning environments that will inspire these future space travelers."

For media interested in arranging interviews with the speakers in conjunction with their visit to the school, contact Amber Marek at 321/867-2468.

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

For more information about the Vision for Space Exploration, visit:

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