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Space Foundation to Bring Education Programs to Fairbanks

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 18, 2015) - Thanks to generous supporters in the Fairbanks community, the Space Foundation is bringing its education programs to Fairbanks, Alaska, this month.

The program includes classroom sessions and assemblies at schools, teacher professional development, community events, receptions and media opportunities.

Coordinated by Marci Ward, a third-grade teacher at Immaculate Conception School and a member of the Space Foundation's prestigious Teacher Liaison group, the event is part of the Space Foundation's education initiative that uses space themes to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

The Space Foundation team includes former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, the Space Foundation's Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight, who will give two free public presentations about his experiences in space.

Public Events
The events that are open to the media and the general public include:

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Audience with an Astronaut™ with former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao
"The Challenges of Living and Working in Space"
Free to the public
Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center - Northern Latitude Room
813 Noble Street

Friday, Feb. 27, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Audience with an Astronaut™ with former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao
"The Future of Space Exploration"
Free to the public
University of Alaska Museum of the North

The Space Foundation New Horizons program is made possible by a number of local sponsors, including primary supporters Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Fountainhead Hotels and Resort and Pogo Mine.

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About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.