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Juhans Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1712) NOTE TO EDITORS: N98-34 NASA EMBRACES SPACE DAY '98

May 19, 1998

NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin will "chat" with students around the world on May 21 between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. EDT via the Internet, as part of this year's Space Day celebration. Cyber Space Day, an interactive webcast devoted to space, will broadcast from the Mall in Washington, DC, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. The webcast will allow students to conduct live interviews with prominent figures from the public and private sectors who have made significant contributions to space exploration. Other "chat" participants include: Senator John Glenn; Barbara Morgan, astronaut candidate/education mission specialist; David Levy, amateur astronomer, author and comet discoverer; and Dr. Mae Jemison, former astronaut and college professor. "I am pleased to see Space Day focus on education and embrace children as well as their parents and teachers," said Administrator Goldin. "NASA appreciates the role Space Day plays in helping to communicate the importance of science, mathematics and technology education. These efforts help lay the foundation for inspiring the children of the world to reach for the stars." Space Day is sponsored by the National Advisory Board cochaired by Sen. Glenn and Norman Augustine, Chairman of the Board of Lockheed Martin, to stimulate interest in science, math and technology education through the excitement of space exploration. NASA along with more than 34 partner organizations in the educational, scientific, public and private sectors have joined to celebrate this national event. The global celebration of Space Day '98 will kick off at 9 a.m. EDT. In recognition of Space Day, NASA Centers around the country will host the following events: NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC - May 21st -- Senator John Glenn, Payload Specialist, STS-95, will serve as featured speaker

at the NASA Research and Human Health Symposium at George Washington University in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more information please visit: http://www.gwu.edu/~spi Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA - May 21st -- 1,250 elementary school students and their teachers will participate in over twenty-five activities about the Moon and space exploration. Students will build a Lunar Prospector model, participate in a mission simulation, make their own craters, construct a lunar habitat, and meet astronauts. Additional information on this event can be found at: http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA - May 20-21st -- "A Day on Europa" will take place on May 20-21, since daylight on Europa lasts about two Earth days. Scheduled activities in numerous American cities will be transformed into global village events via the Internet. Highlights will include new imagery of Europa taken by the Galileo spacecraft and a free panel discussion entitled "Europa - Another Water World?" For more information go to: http://www.caltech.edu/~tickets/to.htm For other A Day on Europa events and activities go to: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, FL - May 22-25 -- From May 22-25, the Visitor Complex will host Discover Magazine, Star Trek, Fox 35 Kids and Cool 105.9 Day. These events will feature exhibits and appearances by former astronauts including Capt. Alan Bean, Dr. Ed Gibson, Col. Mike Mullane, Col. Buzz Aldrin, Capt. Gene Cernan, Cdr. Scott Carpenter, Capt. Wally Schirra, and Dr. Story Musgrave; as well as special character appearances; a scavenger hunt; and promotional giveaways. For more information please call 407/494-4254. Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD - May 21 -- More than 100 fourth grade students will participate in variety of activities which include: Space Bingo; Send Your Name to Mars; Planet Garden; How to Calculate Your Age and Weight on Another Planet; Exploring Earth From Space; Cyber Space Day; 101 Reasons to Explore Space; and tours. For more details call 301/286-7031. Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX - May 20 -- In anticipation of Space Day, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education will take fourth through eighth grade students on a special

electronic field trip (EFT) that celebrates the human spirit of exploration. The event, will be broadcast via satellite, brings youngsters behind the scenes to witness first-hand how robotic, human and ground-based missions are used to unveil the mysteries of our universe. More information on Space Day '98 activities can be found at the following URL: www.spaceday.com

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