Press Release

NASA Astronaut Encourages Teachers to ‘Build A Presence’

By SpaceRef Editor
October 6, 2008
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NASA astronaut Mike Fossum will take time off from his technical duties at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to visit with science teachers during the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science 2008 Fall Conference. Fossum’s presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland. The event is open to the media.

During the keynote address, Fossum will discuss his recent mission to the International Space Station and the importance of science in children’s education to coincide with the theme of this year’s conference, “Building a Presence.”

Fossum, a native South Dakotan, is a veteran of two spaceflights. On June 14, Fossum completed his second trip to the space station aboard space shuttle Discovery. He has logged more than 636 hours in space, including more than 42 hours during six spacewalks.

For more information about this appearance or to schedule an interview, contact Dan Sitzman, Omaha North Magnet School, at 402-557-3476 or Brenda Cabaniss, NASA Astronaut Appearances Office, at 281-244-8860.

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SpaceRef staff editor.