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Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726)
April 14, 2003
RELEASE : 03-140
Educator Astronaut Report Card:
Earth Crew Brings World Together To Explore
As NASA's Educator Astronaut Program (EAP) recruitment phase comes to a close April 30, the next phase of engaging students, teachers and parents to explore space is gearing up and taking flight through NASA's Earth Crew activity.

International participants are welcomed and encouraged to join the Earth Crew, NASA's Web-based educational program. There are more than 10,000 U.S. Earth Crew members. Earth Crew activities enable students, educators and parents to interact with astronauts, scientists and engineers in projects and missions. New inspiring and educational Earth Crew Missions will be available on the Educator Astronaut Web site in May.

Through the EAP, students and the public are encouraged to help NASA recruit teachers who can create out-of-this-world ways to educate students. Educator Astronauts will become permanent members of NASA's astronaut corps and use innovative space tools to teach thousands of students about math and science. The EAP has received more than 7,400 teacher nominations.

The EAP is part of NASA's larger Education Enterprise. "NASA's education mission is to inspire the next generation of explorers," said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's associate administrator for education. "Teachers, students and parents can use the International Space Station as their laboratory, conduct their own research at Mars, and explore the universe with our latest technologies. We provide learning experiences as only NASA can," she said.

To learn more about the Educator Astronaut Program and other NASA education activities on the Internet, visit:

For more information about NASA's Education Enterprise visit:

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