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NASA Brings Veteran Astronaut, Vision for Space Exploration to Tennessee Students
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media Advisory: 06-036

Former NASA astronaut Dr. Roger Crouch and Jim Ellis, manager of the Academic Affairs office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will visit Cosby, Tenn., April 3-4 to kick off the NASA Explorer Schools partnership with Jones Cove Elementary School. Media are invited to attend.

When: Monday, April 3, 6-7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 4, 9-10:15 a.m. EST

Who: Dr. Roger Crouch, a former NASA astronaut who logged more than 471 hours in space during two space shuttle missions
Jim Ellis, manager of the Academic Affairs office, Marshall Center

Where: Jones Cove Elementary School, 4554 Jones Cove Road, Cosby, Tenn.

Crouch and Ellis will share with students the messages of the Vision for Space Exploration -- the nation's effort to extend human reach across the solar system. The visit is part of NASA's Explorer Schools Program, a national effort to help schools increase student interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Jones Cove Elementary School was officially named a NASA Explorer School in spring 2005.

Crouch and Ellis will discuss how science and space research enhance life on Earth, and the importance of recruiting future generations of space explorers from among today's students.

Media availabilities will be held at Jones Cove Elementary School at 7:00 p.m. Monday and at Jones Cove Elementary at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday EST, following the scheduled programs. Media interested in arranging interviews with Crouch and Ellis must contact the Marshall Center Public and Employee Communications Office by March 31 at (256) 544-0034.

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