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NASA Brings Vision for Space Exploration to Texarkana, Ark. Students Oct. 19-20
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media advisory: M06-118

What: NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger and Vanessa Suggs, Elementary and Secondary Education Programs Lead at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will visit two Texarkana, Ark., schools to kick off the NASA Explorer Schools partnership with the Texarkana Arkansas School District. News media are invited to attend a community outreach event with state and local government and education officials on Thursday, Oct. 19 and the student assembly on Friday, Oct. 20.

Community outreach event: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. CDT
Fairview Aerospace & Environmental Studies Magnet School
280 E. 17th St., Texarkana

Student assembly: Friday, Oct. 20, 9-10 a.m.
College Hill Middle School Science Academy
1600 Forrest St., Texarkana

Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, NASA astronaut
Vanessa Suggs, Elementary and Secondary Education Programs Lead, Office of Academic Affairs, Marshall Space Flight Center

At the school assembly Friday morning, Metcalf-Lindenburger and Suggs will share with students the message 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. Texarkana schools were announced as participants in the NASA Explorer Schools program in spring 2006.

Metcalf-Lindenburger and Suggs also 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 Fairview Magnet School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and at College Hill Middle School at 10 a.m. Friday, following the scheduled programs. Media interested in arranging interviews with Metcalf-Lindenburger and Suggs must contact the Marshall Center Public and Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 by 3 p.m. Oct. 19.

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