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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 23, 1997

JPL TO HOST TRAINING FOR GALILEO EDUCATORS

       NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will host a training session on Tues., March 24 through Thurs., March 26 for 16 recently-appointed educator fellows, instructing them on how to spread the word among school teachers about the Galileo Europa Mission.

       Trainees will include 15 American educator fellows and one from Canada, all selected as part of a JPL/Galileo education project managed by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Alexandria, VA. The goal of the JPL-Challenger Center partnership is to prepare the educator fellows to hold a series of workshops nationwide. The workshops will train 2,000 middle and high school teachers each year for the next two years about Galileo's journeys and discoveries. Workshops will include current studies of Jupiter's moons, particularly the prospect of a liquid ocean on Europa, and will follow Galileo's upcoming exploration of Jupiter's atmosphere and its close flybys of volcanoes on the moon Io. The Galileo Europa Mission is an extension of the Galileo primary mission, which was launched in 1989, entered orbit around Jupiter on Dec. 7, 1995, and spent two years studying Jupiter's system.

       The Galileo mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. JPL is a division of California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Images and other data received from Galileo are posted on the Galileo home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo.

       The following is a list of the Galileo Europa Mission Educator Fellows:

Diane Bonilla-Lether--Los Angeles, CA
Myra Halpin--Durham, NC
Deborah Bryant--Kalamazoo, MI
Susan Hurstcalderone--Washington, DC
Malcolm Cameron--Concord, NH
Vanessa LeCaine--Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Kathy Chock--Honolulu, HI
Shannon Miller--Llano, TX
Kevin Cole--River Grove, IL
Linda Robinson--Billings, MT
Thomas Foltz--Seattle, WA
Jean Settle--Maryland Heights, MO
Michiel Ford--Holton, KS
Christopher Soldat--Kalona, IA
Ken Gagner--Morris, MN
Diana Yoder--Orlando, FL

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