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Teachers in Space Roundtable to be Held at George Washington University
on July 16, 2008

Teachers in Space
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Nyack, NY, July 9, 2008
– The Space Frontier Foundation is pleased to announce a space policy roundtable, which we are cosponsoring with the NewSpace Alliance and the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University.

The roundtable, on the topic of Teachers in Space, will take place at George Washington University, Room 213, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052, beginning at 6:30 PM on the evening of Wednesday, July 16.

A free catered reception with food and drink will follow the roundtable.

If you're in the area, we hope you'll drop by and show your support.

There's also additional information, including a link to a Google map for the location, on the Teachers in Space blog.

Teachers in Space will also be among the topics discussed at the Foundation's NewSpace 2008 Conference, also in Washington D.C., from Thursday, July 17 to Saturday, July 19th.

The emergence of the first generation of privately funded, suborbital, passenger spacecraft on which everyday people can fly is creating a unique opportunity to dramatically expand on NASA's path breaking Teachers in Space program. For less than it now costs to fly a single teacher we will soon be able to fly hundreds on relatively safe vehicles that require minimal technical training. Teachers can have this remarkable experience during school vacations or other down time and immediately return to their classrooms. Training can primarily focus on how best to use the spaceflight experience to inspire students to learn!

Imagine thousands of astronaut teachers, in schools all across the country, sharing their spaceflight knowledge and experiences with millions of students. This vision could become a reality within the next ten years.

The purpose of this roundtable will be to examine the potential of both the Foundation's fully private Teachers in Space project and the Alliance's proposed publicly funded and privately implemented approach. Please join us on July 16 at 6:30 PM to learn more about this exciting project.

The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible. Our goals include protecting the Earth's fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space. Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System.

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