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Entertainment Industry, Robotics, and Education Experts to Testify in San Francisco

ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 9, 2004

Experts from the fields of education, entertainment, and robotics will appear as witnesses before the President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond in a public hearing to be held in San Francisco, April 15 and 16, 2004. The hearing will take place at the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, 1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco, California.

Space writer Ray Bradbury will lead off the testimonies, which begin at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. He will be joined by television and computer games experts. The second panel of the day will focus on education: Astronaut/educator Barbara Morgan will speak, along with the Executive Directors of the National Science Teachers Association and the National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions. A panel of labor representatives will complete the first day of testimony.

On Friday, April 16, the hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. with testimony from propulsion experts Byron Wood, Mike Martin and Jim Mosquera. The 10:15 a.m. presentation is titled Prospects for Space Prosperity, and will be followed by a panel on Asteroids, Mars and Beyond. Carnegie Mellon Robotics expert Red Whittaker will address the Commission at 1:00 p.m., and the hearing will conclude with audience comments from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. and a press conference at 3:45.

The President's Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy (Moon, Mars and Beyond) is charged with building consensus, providing recommendations to the President regarding moon research activities, increasing young people’s interest in space science, and bringing in industry and other countries as space partners.

Witness List and Timeline
*** NOTE: All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) ***
Thursday, April 15, 2004
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. PDT Welcome and Introductions
Chairman Pete Aldridge
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. PDT Entertainment and Space Exploration
Ray Bradbury, Writer

John Bernardoni, Ancient Mariner Media

Lawrence Holland, Totally Games
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. PDT BREAK
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. PDT Educating Tomorrow's Astronauts
Barbara Morgan, Educator/Astronaut

Dr. Jerry Wheeler, Executive Director, National Science Teacher's Association

Jim McMurtray, Executive Director, National Alliance State Science and Mathematics Coalitions

Dominic Farrar, Odyssey Program
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PDT Sustainability for the Long Haul
Reecie Giesecke, President UAW Local 848

Dean Zvorak, President UAW Local 887

David Goodreau, Chairman and Co-founder Small Manufacturers Association of California
4:00 p.m. PDT Commission adjourns
Friday, April 16, 2004
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. PDT Welcoming Remarks
Chairman Pete Aldridge
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. PDT Propulsion Requirements
Byron Wood, Boeing Rocketdyne

Michael F. Martin, Aerojet

James Mosquera, US Navy (Naval Reactors)
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. PDT BREAK
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. PDT Prospects for Space Prosperity
Dr. Stan Rosen, California Space Authority

James Benson, SpaceDev
11:00 – 12:00 PDT Planetary Science
Dave Morrison, NASA Ames Research Center

Michael Carr, US Geological Survey, Astrogeology Dept.

Jonathan Lunine, University of Arizona
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PDT LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT Robotics
William L. "Red" Whittaker, Carnegie Mellon Robotics
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. PDT BREAK
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. PDT Provost M.R.C. Greenwood, University of California
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. PDT Audience Comments
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. PDT Press Conference
4:30 p.m. PDT Hearing adjourns

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