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NASA to Host Visit by Students of U.S. Senate Youth Program

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WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will address high school students participating in the 2014 United States Senate Youth Program at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 13, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event will air on NASA Television.

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The discussion will focus on the intersection of public service and U.S. leadership in space exploration. Bolden will deliver the keynote remarks followed by a 20-minute question and answer session. Students then will have the opportunity to speak live with the crew of Expedition 39, currently aboard the International Space Station.

Seth Statler, associate administrator of the agency's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Dr. Michelle Thaller, assistant director for science communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, also will highlight the program with discussions on space exploration leadership and NASA's work in several scientific disciplines.

The United States Senate Youth Program is an intensive week-long educational experience and scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service. The mission of the program is to provide a yearly opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government overall, as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The program provides a foundation of knowledge and encouragement for those considering a future of public service on the local, state or national level.

For more information on the Senate Youth Program, visit:

http://www.hearstfdn.org/ussyp

For the NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information about the International Space Station, research in low-Earth orbit, NASA's commercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

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