Press Release

Educator Astronaut Report Card: Teachers Interested in Space More than Ever

By SpaceRef Editor
February 20, 2003
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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:

SpaceRef staff editor.