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STS-118 MISSION TO HAVE A TEACHER



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
> May 23, 2007
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> Sonja Alexander
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-1761 
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> NASA, AOL AND MAD SCIENCE CHOOSE PENNANT DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER
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> WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, NASA, AOL's kids service, KOL, and Mad 
> Science announced that Tapasya Das of Mount Laurel, N.J., is the 
> winner of the NASA Space Pennant Design Challenge. The winning 
> pennant, titled "Education 4 Exploration," will fly on space shuttle 
> Endeavour's STS-118 mission, targeted to launch this August. The 
> grand prize also includes the opportunity for the winner to view the 
> launch.
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> The competition received thousands of entries showcasing students' 
> vision for space. The entries required students to research, apply 
> what they learned, and write an explanation of their design and how 
> their pennant incorporates their knowledge about the STS-118 shuttle 
> flight or America's long-term exploration strategy, known as the 
> Vision for Space Exploration. The Vision for Space Exploration is the 
> program that will see humans return to the moon and then travel to 
> Mars and beyond.
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> Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission will mark the first flight 
> for Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, an educator who is fully 
> trained as an astronaut. This mission is an important step in the 
> ongoing assembly of the International Space Station.
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> Through the NASA Space Pennant Design Challenge, NASA continues its 
> tradition of investing in the nation's education programs. To compete 
> effectively for the minds, imaginations and career ambitions of 
> America's young people, NASA is focused on engaging and retaining 
> students in education efforts that encourage their pursuit of 
> disciplines critical to NASA's future engineering, scientific and 
> technical missions. 
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> For more information on the winning pennant and essay and a list of 
> the finalist, visit:
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> http://www.KOLexpeditions.com 
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> For more information about NASA's STS-118 mission, visit:
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> http://www.nasa.gov/sts118
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