Press Release

NASA puts America’s independence day celebration out of this world

By SpaceRef Editor
July 2, 2001
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The Nation’s largest Independence Day celebration will be
joined by visitors from outer space — not aliens, but NASA’s
International Space Station crew, orbiting more than 200 miles
above the Earth.

The two NASA members of the space station crew will send their
“out of this world” birthday message, reflecting on the birth
of America, during the 4th of July gala concert beginning at 8
p.m. EDT from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington,

“This annual concert and fireworks display has evolved into
the premier celebration of patriotism,” said Joseph H.
Rothenberg, Associate Administrator for Space Flight, NASA
Headquarters, Washington, DC. “We’re glad NASA and the
hardworking crew on board the International Space Station have
an opportunity to help mark the pioneering spirit that makes
this 225th birthday celebration possible.”

Spectacular video images from space will be shown on large
screens as the National Symphony Orchestra performs “2001, A
Space Odyssey.” Music from a variety of entertainers will be
followed by the traditional finale of fireworks over the
Washington Monument. More than half a million people are
expected to travel to the Mall in downtown Washington to
attend the festivities.

The event can be seen live on PBS and will be heard in stereo
over National Public Radio. Armed Forces Radio and Television
Networks also will carry the celebration.

The Expedition Two crew is made up of Russian Commander Yury
Usachev and American Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan
Helms. Additional information on “A Capitol Fourth,” the
International Space Station and the Expedition Two crew, is
available on the Internet at:

SpaceRef staff editor.