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Number: 03-76
Released: October 21, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Students Learn About NASA & View
New Mars Exhibit at Brookhaven Lab

Upton, NY – About 200 middle school and high school students from the Amityville, Longwood and Rocky Point school districts visited the science museum at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on October 15 to learn all about living and working in space from Ronald Ernst, a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Aerospace Education Services Program. They also toured the new interactive exhibit on Mars recently installed in the museum.


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Ernst’s talks were given in conjunction with the dedication of the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven, where researchers will study the biological effects of radiation in space on astronauts. Before prolonged space missions are undertaken, such as a mission to Mars, a detailed understanding of these effects is needed to plan for the effective protection of astronauts.

In the photo, Ernst is describing to Rocky Point middle school and high school students the features of a model of the $20-million, 300-pound space suit that astronauts wear on space walks.