Michael Finneran
(757) 598-1720
NASA Launches Mission to Visit 30,000 Students
Hundreds of NASA employees will touch down in more than 3,000 classrooms beginning today, on a two-week mission to challenge and inspire some 30,000 students. Most of the classrooms are in Hampton Roads, while several are in North Carolina, Louisiana and elsewhere in Virginia.

The first NASA Langley Day of Education spans Oct. 8 through 22. It's sponsored by NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

News Media Invited
Reporters are invited to cover the event. To do so, contact the superintendent's office in the school district you wish to visit. For more information about NASA involvement, contact Langley's Michael Finneran at (757) 598-1720 or at

"I am especially enthusiastic about the Day of Education because our encouragement of young people is critical at this time, when other nations challenge our leadership in technology research and development and produce many more engineers than the U.S.," said Langley's director, Lesa Roe.

More than 350 NASA representatives will engage K-12 students in public and private schools with a cross-section of employees -- scientists, engineers, senior leaders, technicians, support staff and student interns.

A typical visit will be a Langley employee telling students what NASA does and why, engaging them with hands-on activities and giveaways, and answering questions.

School districts being visited in Virginia include Accomack, Chesapeake, Franklin, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Southampton, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg/James City County, and York County. In North Carolina, NASA employees will visit schools in Dare County and Morehead City. Classrooms in New Orleans also will be visited.

In at least one school district -- Virginia Beach -- live-video capability will enable up to 50 classrooms to participate in a single NASA visit.

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