By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- NASA education specialists and teachers from across Virginia will engage the public about the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission and science, technology, engineering and math - or STEM - activities at this weekend's NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) in Richmond, Va.
The event will be held Sept. 6 - 7 at RIR and is the result of a partnership between Rockets 2 Racecars (R2R), a NASA Digital Learning Network program, the Virginia529 College Savings Plan and the Science Museum of Virginia.
Race-credentialed members of the media are invited to interview NASA's Associate Administrator for Education, former astronaut and Virginia native, Leland Melvin, at 6 p.m. EDT, Friday, Sept. 6, in the Infield Media Center. Melvin, who will wave the green flag for the start of the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race that night, will talk about NASA's STEM education initiatives and the LADEE launch scheduled to occur late Friday. For more information contact Aimee Turner, Director of Communications for RIR at email@example.com.
Non-race credentialed media, who would like to talk with Melvin, should contact Sasha Congiu at 757-272-9859 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Interviews will take place at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, in the Virginia529 Kids Zone, located on the Commonwealth Mall, near Lot D.
LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface, and environmental influences on lunar dust. The spacecraft is set to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia'sEastern Shore on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11:27 p.m. RIR is a designated viewing area for the LADEE lift-off.
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