NASA's Life Sciences Division is sponsoring the Challenge Mission, a unique outreach event, from Sept. 23-30, 1998, in Key Largo, FL. The Challenge Mission is an eight-day deployment of the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station on the sea floor off Key Largo. The station is a fully functioning, submersible habitat that serves as a demonstration analog setting for concepts and challenges of systems needed for human exploration of space.
Invited individuals and representatives of the Challenge Project museum and national organization partners will be joined by Space Life Sciences experts in the space analog station.
The list of official crew members includes former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, movie producer James Cameron, actress Kate Mulgrew, and Tom Whittaker, the first disabled person to summit Mt. Everest. Crew members will address their choices to stay physically and mentally active at every age and to continually strive to achieve their personal best, as exemplified by John Glenn, who will fly on the Space Shuttle (STS-95) in October.
The intergenerational crew, assembled from a broad spectrum of careers, lifestyles and accomplishments, will deliver live presentations twice daily during the Challenge Mission using Internet Webcasting technologies. Crew members will engage in a series of life sciences activities and dockside discussions, focusing on human aging, in keeping with the STS-95 mission, the first of a series of collaborations between NASA Life Sciences and the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.
A complete listing of crew members and their biographies, daily Internet communications schedules, information about STS-95 life sciences investigations and related materials is available at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/challenge
For more information about participating in the Challenge Mission, please contact Jennifer McCarter, Public Affairs Specialist, NASA Headquarters, (Phone: 202/358-1639), or Bonnie McClain, Space Life Sciences Education Programs Coordinator, Colorado State University, Washington, DC, (Phone: 202/488-5123).
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