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Public invited to Sac State for shuttle launch

02-22-2011


A live broadcast of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s last launch will be viewed at Sacramento State 1-2:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the University Union Lobby Suite.

The scheduled launch time is 1:50 p.m., and the public is invited to join students, faculty and staff to view this historic event.

Sacramento State received a $7,000 grant from the California Space Grant Consortium to sponsor future students and motivate them to get involved with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers at the University. The consortium awarded another $10,000 to sponsor projects in the Mechanical Engineering Department directed by Professor Jose J. Granda.

Emir Macari, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will present scholarships prior to the launch to local high school students supported by these funds. “NASA’s investment in our students will produce the workforce of the future and will motivate students to develop their full potential in science and engineering,” says Granda.

Granda is also a spokesperson for NASA, and two of his graduate students participated in the engineering analysis and computer simulations of the mission.

“The effect of these grants, these events and the school’s relationship with NASA certainly will have an impact on our students’ success in the marketplace,” says Macari.

The viewing will include an explanation of the mission, which will deliver a multipurpose module and other components to the International Space Station.

For more information, contact Granda at (530) 912-3165. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.