Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2001
SPACEHAB, Inc. (NASDAQ/NMS: SPAB) and its subsidiary Space Media, Inc.(tm) (SMI), in partnership with music producer Lou Pearlman, arranged for Pearlman's new rock band, Natural, to sing the national anthem at NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin's VIP briefing preceding last week's Space Shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
Space Media is launching its 2001-2002 STARS Academy space education program (www.starsacademy.com) later this year and is in discussions with Mr. Pearlman's Trans Continental Records in Orlando, Florida, to have Natural (www.naturalofficialsite.com) contribute a music element to the STARS Academy program. Mr. Pearlman is widely known for discovering and developing the popular groups *N SYNC, Backstreet Boys and O-Town.
The Administrator's pre-launch briefing for the STS-100 mission to the International Space Station took place at KSC a few hours before launch, on April 19. Dignitaries and celebrities from around the world attended the briefing, heard the band perform the anthem, and later observed the Shuttle take off.
"It was truly an honor to have Natural perform the national anthem for such a distinguished group of guests, and we appreciate Space Media's efforts to use music as a way to connect with today's youth," Mr. Pearlman said.
"We're excited about linking the international language of music with our STARS Academy global education program, and we're pleased to have had the opportunity to share this music with Mr. Goldin and his guests," said Dr. Shelley A. Harrison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of both SPACEHAB and Space Media.
The STARS Academy education program is an online interactive cultural and scientific exchange program for ages 8-18. STARS Academy enables young people to achieve a better understanding of the connections between science and art; advance their technological skills; and gain an appreciation of culture, history, and tradition while participating in research that makes the world a better place. STARS will fly seven experiments aboard NASA's Shuttle mission STS-107 next year.
Founded in 1984, with more than $100 million in annual revenue, SPACEHAB, Inc., is a leading provider of commercial space services. The company is the first to develop, own, and operate habitat modules and cargo carriers providing laboratory facilities and resupply capabilities aboard NASA's Space Shuttles. It also supports astronaut training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and builds space-flight trainers and mockups.
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Linda Billings, Director of Communications, SPACEHAB, Inc.; 202/488-3500 x.
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