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Rocket Scientist to Promote Bio-Energy at NASA Langley

HAMPTON, Va. -- He's best known for his tireless advocacy of manned Mars missions, but Robert Zubrin is equally passionate about energy independence for the United States.

In 2008, NASA's Langley Research Center, already known for its expertise in global warming research, is exploring the popular "go green" theme with a series of guest appearances by futurists and environmental experts.

The first in the series is aerospace engineer, best-selling author and president of the Mars Society Robert Zubrin. Zubrin's most recent book, published late last year, is "Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil."

Reporters are invited to hear Zubrin elaborate on his premise that the U.S. should develop bio-fuels in the form of ethanol (from grains) and methanol (from woods) as a substitute for oil-based petroleum. He will be speaking Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Pearl Young Theater at NASA Langley. For access to NASA Langley please call Kathy Barnstorff at 864-9886.

Future scheduled speakers include Jane Poynter, an author and environmentalist who was one of the original crewmembers of Biosphere 2. She spent two years sealed inside the artificial environment in Arizona that was originally built to research and develop technology for future space colonies.

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