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NASA Astronauts Bring Wonder of Space Station to Bay Area

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 22 February, 2012

Huong Nguyen
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
(650) 604-4789
huong.nguyen@nasa.gov

Kelly Humphries / Ciandra Jackson
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
(281) 483-5111 
February 22, 2012
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-16
 
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – News media are invited to attend NASA’s “Destination: Station” events in the Bay Area, and to visit its newest multimedia exhibit showcasing accomplishments aboard the International Space Station.
 
Media interview opportunities with NASA astronauts are available starting March 1 and continuing through March 12. The exhibit, free with admission, opens to the public March 2 through April 15 at The Tech Museum, 201 South Market Street, San Jose.
 
On Thursday, March 1, former NASA astronaut Dan Bursch will be the guest speaker at a “sneak peek” of the exhibit from 6-9 p.m. PST. Bursch will discuss his stay aboard the space station and the importance of space exploration. Media interested in attending should contact Roqua Montez at (408) 795-6225.
 
On Monday, March 5, astronaut K. Megan McArthur will discuss her spaceflight experience and what it takes to be an astronaut from 4-5:30 p.m. PST at the San Jose Public Library Evergreen Branch, 2635 Aborn Road, San Jose. McArthur will be available for interviews. Media interested in attending should contact Candace Tran at (408) 238-0384.
 
On Wednesday, March 7, there will be a live broadcast at 10 a.m. PST from the space station shown via a televised downlink at The Tech Museum. During the activities, attendees may ask Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit about the progress of their mission. Media interested in attending should contact Roqua Montez at (408) 795-6225.
 
On Thursday, March 8, news media are invited to attend the Space Research Expo and Twitter Town Hall from 1-5:30 p.m. PST. Both events will be in building 152 at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Astronaut Rex Walheim and NASA space station program scientist Dr. Julie Robinson will be giving presentations from 3:30-4:30 p.m. PST. At the Twitter Town Hall, a panel of space station experts will answer questions about the wonders of the station and how it improves life on Earth. Participants can use the hash tag #AskStation from Feb. 22 until March 5 and log on to Twitter from 4:30-5 p.m. PST on March 8 to see which questions are answered. Media interested in attending should contact Huong Nguyen at (650) 604-4789 or huong.nguyen@nasa.gov.
 
On Friday, March 9, astronaut Walheim, who flew on the final space shuttle mission to the space station, will discuss his experience during a visit from 5-9 p.m. PST at the Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland. Media interested in attending should contact Megan Gray at (510) 336-7414.
 
On Saturday, March 10, Walheim will read excerpts from the book, “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,” by Brian Floca, and talk about his spaceflight experience from 1-3 p.m. PST at the Oakland Public Library, 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland. Media interested in attending should contact Derrick DeMay at (510) 615-5832.
 
On Monday, March 12, Bursch will deliver an inspirational speech for students from 1-2 p.m. PDT at the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, 1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco. Media interested in attending should contact Karin Lau at (415) 749-3530.
 
"Destination: Station" is NASA's International Space Station Program national awareness campaign that promotes research opportunities, educates communities about activities performed on the International Space Station, and communicates the real and potential impacts of the station on our everyday lives.
 
The International Space Station is an internationally-developed research facility located in Earth’s lower orbit. It is the largest space station ever constructed. It serves as a research laboratory where astronauts from around the world conduct experiments in human health and exploration, technology testing for enabling future exploration, research in basic life and physical sciences, and earth and space science.