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Vera Hirschberg

Headquarters, Washington, D.C. June 13, 1990


(Phone: 202/453-9183)

RELEASE: 90-81

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.

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