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Star Challengers Book “Moon Base Crisis” Debuts at Downey Challenger Learning Center

By SpaceRef Editor
August 26, 2010
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Star Challengers Book “Moon Base Crisis” Debuts at Downey Challenger Learning Center

Challenger Center founder available for interview

WHAT: Challenger Center for Space Science Education Center’s Founder, June Scobee Rodgers, will be available for interviews and will sign copies of “Moon Base Crisis” the first in a new series of Star Challengers science fiction adventures for young readers. She will be joined by her co-authors of the series, international bestselling authors, Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson. The books are designed to spark student interest in the space program and careers in science and technology. The book signing is the first in a series of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of Challenger Centers for Space Science Education.

WHO: June Scobee Rodgers is the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, STS-51-L, and has been the driving force, along with the family members, in fostering new generations of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She serves as the Founding Chairman of the Board and as a Founding Director for Challenger Center for Space Science Education. She can address Challenger Center’s success in opening 50 Challenger Learning Centers that reach more than 400,000 students and 40,000 educators each year through simulated space missions, educational programs, and teacher workshops.

WHEN: Monday, August 30
1:00-2:00 p.m. interviews
2:00-3:00 p.m book signing

WHERE: Challenger Center for Space Science Education
12400 Columbia Way (formerly Clark Avenue), Downey, CA 90242
The event is open to the public.

ON SITE CONTACT: Pam Peterson, 303-748-0050 (cell-for media contact only, do not publish)

OTHER: Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a not-for-profit (501(c)(3) education organization created in 1986 by the families of the astronauts from Challenger Space Shuttle “Teacher in Space” mission STS-51-L. Dedicated to the educational spirit of that mission, Challenger Center develops Challenger Learning Centers and other educational programs worldwide to continue the mission of engaging students in science and mathematics education.

ATTACHMENTS: A high resolution image of the cover art for “Moon Base Crisis” can be downloaded at

An informational brochure on “Moon Base Crisis” with background information and endorsement quotes can be downloaded at


Julie Arnold
Griffin Communications Group
321-537-1228 (cell)

SpaceRef staff editor.