GREENBELT, Md. – Top officials from NASA, private industry and universities are featured speakers for the upcoming 45th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21, 2007. The annual event, sponsored by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) will be held at The Inn and Conference Center by Marriott on the campus of the University of Maryland, University College in College Park.

In the past half-century, exploration of space as the final frontier has led to human and robotic spaceflight, exciting scientific discoveries, beneficial civilian and commercial products and applications, and inspiration for our youth. This year’s theme, “Sputnik to Orion: Perspectives, Opportunities and Future Directions”, provides the outline to discuss our past, present and future in space, as a journey which has only begun.

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will present the first day’s keynote address and Kathie Olsen, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation will present the keynote address on day two. Goddard’s Dr. John Mather, co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics, will close out the 2007 session.

Symposium sessions are open to all credentialed media. News media representatives are requested to confirm their plans to attend the event by contacting Jim Kirkpatrick of AAS at 703-866-0020.

Media interested in arranging interviews with any of the NASA speakers should contact Dewayne Washington in advance at 301-286-0040. The final program can be viewed at:

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