NASA astronaut and Air Force Col. James Halsell and Jim Carter, director of center operations at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will visit Shreveport, La., Feb. 21-22 to kick off the NASA Explorer Schools partnership with two local schools. Media are invited to attend.

When: Feb. 21, 6 p.m. CST, and Feb. 22, 9 a.m.

Who: Col. James Halsell, NASA astronaut Jim Carter, director of center operations, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Where: Broadmoor Middle School, 441 Atlantic St., Shreveport, La.

Halsell and Carter will share the Vision for Space Exploration with students. The visit is part of NASA’s Explorer School Program, a national effort to help schools increase student interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Broadmoor and C.E. Byrd High School, also in Shreveport, combined their efforts to apply for the program last year. They were officially named NASA Explorer Schools in spring 2005.

Halsell, a West Monroe, La., native and veteran of five space shuttle flights, and Carter, a 1967 graduate of C.E. Byrd High School, will discuss how science and space research enhance life on Earth, and the role of today’s students as the future generation of explorers.

Media availabilities will be held at Broadmoor at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday CST, following the scheduled programs. Media interested in arranging interviews with Halsell and Carter must contact the Marshall Center Public and Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034.

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