NASA kicks off the newly established NASA Explorer Schools partnership with Harrison Morton Middle School, Allentown, Pa., 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: 10 – 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2006

Who:  Paul Richards, former astronaut, scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center             Mike Ryschkewitsch, deputy director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Where: Harrison Morton Middle School, Allentown, Pa.

NASA astronaut Paul Richards 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. Richards has flown a space shuttle mission and logged 307 hours in space. 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. Harrison Morton Middle School was selected as a NASA Explorer School beginning in academic year 2005-2006.

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