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Date: Friday, December 13, 2002
Contact: UH Hilo Conference Center, (808)974-7555

For Immediate Release

Students grades 4-10, their parents and teachers at any grade level can currently register for the Third Annual Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day on the Web at http://www.k12.hi.us/~east_354/onizukaday/. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2003 at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. Admission is free, but space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are also available by calling the UH Hilo Conference Center at (808) 974-7555, by e-mailing Art Kimura, Future Flight Hawai'i at art@kalama.doe.hawaii.edu or online at http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/. Confirmation will be sent to registered participants. Online applicants will receive instant confirmation.

The keynote speaker is astronaut Dominic Gorie, a veteran of three National Aeronautic and Space Administration space shuttle flights between 1998 and 2001. Gorie, a U.S. Navy Captain, is an aviator of distinguished service, including Operation Desert Storm. His medals and achievements include: Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V"; Joint Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal (2); Space Flight Medal (2); Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" (2); Navy Achievement Medal and Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Pilot-of-the-Year.

Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day celebrates the memory of Kona-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and aviator who was killed January 28, 1986 in the tragic explosion of the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger.

For more information, please call the UH Hilo Conference Center at (808) 974-7555.


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