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Teacher Interested in Space More Then Ever

Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1761)

Feb 20, 2003

RELEASE: 03-071

The Educator Astronaut Program (EAP) has received more than 4,500 nominations since its debut on January 21. Since the Columbia accident, the Educator Astronaut Program has received strong support from the public, and the program continues to move forward.

One student wrote a nomination saying his teacher told him he wanted to go into space now more than ever. Students of all ages were nominating their teachers this week, describing the educators as everything from "passionate and enthusiastic" to "super cool and physically fit."

" We're hearing about extraordinary educators, and the recent nominations have been inspiring through the Columbia tragedy," said EAP co-manager and astronaut, Leland Melvin.

Anyone interested in recommending a teacher may submit a nomination on the Internet at:

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

For more information about NASA on the Internet:

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