What: Alabama lawmakers, along with NASA and university officials, will
celebrate the grand opening of the National Space Science and Technology
Center (NSSTC). With its core facility in Huntsville, Ala., the NSSTC brings
together researchers and educators in pursuit of breakthroughs in space
science, Earth sciences, information technology, optics and energy
technology, propulsion, biotechnology and materials science. The NSSTC was
formed in partnership with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville
and the State of Alabama’s six research universities. At full capacity, the
center will house approximately 450 people from NASA, other government
agencies, academia and private industry.

Who: Speakers include:

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama

U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer of Alabama’s 5th Congressional District

Marshall Center Director Art Stephenson

University of Alabama in Huntsville President Dr. Frank Franz

When: Monday, March 26, 2001

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. CST

Where: The National Space Science and Technology Center

320 Sparkman Drive in Huntsville

Located in Cummings Research Park, on Sparkman Drive between Bradford Drive
and Lakeside Drive

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact
Steve Roy at (256) 544-0034 and should arrive at the event by 1:45 p.m.
Speakers will be available for one-on-one interviews immediately after the
program (scheduled to end at 2:45 p.m.).