NASA kicks off the newly established NASA Explorer Schools partnership with Rosemont Elementary School, Baltimore, Md., with presentations by a NASA astronaut and a scientist. For access to the event, media should contact Michelle Jones in the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center public affairs office at (301) 286-8102.

What: Student assembly

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Who:  Terry Virts, Jr., NASA astronaut, Johnson Space Center
Dr. Mike Ryschkewitsch, GSFC Deputy Director, Goddard Space Flight Center

Where: Rosemont Elementary School, Baltimore, Md.

NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Jr. and Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch, deputy director of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will speak with students about careers in aeronautics and space exploration. Virts currently works as a communicator with station and shuttle crews from mission control in Houston. Ryschkewitsch is a physicist.

The NASA Explorer Schools Program provides schools with classroom resources and innovative technology based on NASA’s missions and discoveries. During the three-year partnership, NASA helps schools address science, technology, engineering and mathematics needs. Rosemont Elementary School was selected as a NASA Explorer School beginning in academic year 2005-2006.

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