Vera Hirschberg Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

(Phone: 202/453-9183) RELEASE: 90-81

June 13, 1990

NASA ANNOUNCES NEXT STEPS IN SPACE EXPLORATION OUTREACH PROGRAM

NASA today has taken the next steps in its Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) Outreach Program to solicit innovative ideas on how to return to the Moon permanently and to begin human exploration of Mars. NASA Administrator Richard H. Truly announced the Outreach Program on May 31. The steps included a mass mailing from Truly to institutions and individuals, the announcement of a telephone number for public requests for response packets and publication of an announcement soliciting ideas in the Commerce Business Daily, which reaches both aerospace and non-aerospace industries. In a personal solicitation, Truly sent more than 3,200 letters to presidents of U.S. colleges and universities, deans of engineering schools, chairs of college and university science and engineering programs, presidents of science and engineering professional associations and others. He asked for ideas on mission concepts and their architectures and for ideas on the systems and technologies required for travel to the Moon and Mars and for living and working productively on both worlds. His letter included a response packet to be forwarded to the RAND Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif. NASA asked RAND to conduct an initial analysis

and evaluation of the responses. RAND has established a toll-free telephone number for requesting an SEI Outreach response packet. The number is 1-800/677-7796. In announcing the SEI Outreach Program, Truly said that NASA would "leave no stone unturned to reach out to the very best and brightest in our nation" to gather information, concepts and data to carry out SEI. -end-

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