Atlantis astronauts to hold program at Science Center

March 26, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The five space travelers - including three Baltimore natives - who delivered the U.S. science lab Destiny to the International Space Station last month will be greeted today at the Maryland Science Center with a public program at 12:30 p.m. and a reception from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Kenwood High graduate Thomas D. Jones, Woodlawn High alumnus Robert L. Curbeam Jr., Baltimore-born Marsha Ivins and their commander, Ken Cockrell, and pilot, Mark Polansky, will give several talks and take questions from visitors and students.

They'll also show video and still photos from their 13-day mission aboard the shuttle Atlantis, which included three spacewalks by Jones and Curbeam.

Pupils from Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Elementary-Middle School, who participated in a video-conference with the astronauts during the last days of the mission, will meet the crew for the first time face-to-face.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is expected to attend, and members of the state's Congressional delegation have been invited.

Plans are also in the works for the astronauts to appear tomorrow before the Maryland legislature in Annapolis, followed by visits to Capitol Hill and the White House on Wednesday.

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