Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
June 6, 2000

Release: J00-35

Twenty-five Texas high school students from throughout the State are spending the
week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston participating in a unique educational
program designed to sharpen their math and science skills.

The students will form three teams, each looking at a different aspect of a human
mission to Mars. Teams will explore how humans will get to Mars, and then live and
work on the planet’s surface. Through a series of classroom sessions, field trips,
hands-on projects, and assistance from JSC employee-mentors, the students will gain
invaluable insight into the challenges of an engineering career.

This week’s media opportunities include: Rocket building, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June
7 Rocket launches, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, June 8 Student Presentations and
Congratulations from Legislators, 6-6:30 p.m., Friday, June 9

The Texas Aerospace Scholars Program is the result of a unique partnership between
NASA – JSC and the State of Texas to encourage students to pursue engineering
options in school. Legislators nominate students from their districts to participate in
the program, which begins with distance- and web-based learning experiences and
culminates in a one-week long trip to JSC. Beginning June 5 through the end of July,
eight different groups of students will visit JSC as part of this program.

Media interested in this week’s opportunities should contact the JSC Newsroom at
281/483-5111 for accreditation and badging.

For additional information on the Texas Aerospace Scholars Program, visit the web
site at: http://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/