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NASA ARC Internal Memo: NASA ARC Selected as Site for International Space

Status Report From: Ames Research Center
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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Message from the Center Director
Congratulations Ames 'The World's Future Comes to NASA'

This is a great day for NASA and even a better one for Ames. It gives me great pleasure to announce that NASA Ames has been selected as the host site for the 2009 Summer Session Program of the International Space University (ISU). Congratulations to Ames, our partners, and all the people who worked hard on the proposal to make this unprecedented opportunity a reality. I recently spoke with ISU President Dr. Michael Simpson who told me that the Ames bid was selected over many competitive proposals from around the world.

Over 100 of the world's brightest students and professionals in aerospace will come to Ames' Research Park for nine weeks to study and work on projects directly relevant to NASA's mission. This endeavor will strengthen NASA's global leadership in space exploration and support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. This will be the first time in ISU's 22-year history that its Summer Session Program is held at a NASA center. Ames can be proud of its leadership in bringing the world's future in space exploration together to chart a revitalized global partnership as NASA leads America's Vision for Space Exploration.

I am personally committed to making this the best Summer Session Program ever. I invite all Ames employees to consider ways of getting involved in this project. We will need everyone's help to prepare the center to welcome our international guests. Please contact the ISU-SSP09 Project Manager, Donald G. James for additional information. His e-mail is Donald.g.james@nasa.gov.

The International Space University provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community. Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 2,400 students from 93 countries. Together with hundreds of ISU faculty and lecturers from around the world, ISU alumni comprise an extremely effective network of space professionals and leaders that actively facilitates individual career growth, professional activities and international space cooperation.

For more information about ISU, please see their Web site: http://www.isunet.edu/.

S. Pete Worden
Center Director

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