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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Laurel, MD 20723

May 26, 2009

Media Advisory:
Astronauts Jones and Arnold, Sen. Mikulski to Join Celebration of "Maryland's Place in Space" on June 1

Maryland born-astronauts Ricky Arnold and Tom Jones and Sen. Barbara Mikulski are among those scheduled to speak at "A Salute to Maryland's Place in Space," on June 1 at the Maryland Science Center to help celebrate 50 years of space science and technological innovation in the state.

Hosted by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center — both celebrating a half-century of space science and research in 2009 — the evening's program includes remarks and video highlights of Maryland achievements in science and technology. More than 20 corporations and academic institutions have pledged to sponsor Maryland's Place in Space.

The event caps a weekend of activities, starting with a free, open-to-the-public festival on Saturday, May 30, at the Baltimore Convention Center that showcases the contributions of many science researchers, academic institutions, companies and laboratories within Maryland.

Maryland's Place in Space is open to the media and offers several photo, video and interview opportunities with guests ranging from congressional representatives, local business leaders, local officials and educators.

What: A Salute to Maryland's Place in Space: 50 Years of Space Exploration

When/Where: Monday, June 1, 7:30-10 p.m., Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore

Who: The program highlights Maryland achievements in space science and technology over the past 50 years; scheduled speakers include author and former astronaut Tom Jones; astronaut Ricky Arnold; Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD); Lockheed Martin Vice President Ken Reightler, Goddard Space Flight Center Director Rob Strain; APL Director Rich Roca; and NASA space scientist Jim Garvin.

For more information or to attend, please contact: Helen Worth (443-778-5113) or Michael Buckley (443-778-7536) of APL Public Affairs.

For information on Maryland's Place in Space, visit:

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