Feb. 6, 1998

NASA chief, Daniel S. Goldin, to speak on 'Future of Space Exploration

Daniel S. Goldin, head of NASA, will visit the University of Kansas on Friday, Feb. 20. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is host for Goldin's trip to Kansas.

Goldin will speak on "The Future of Space Exploration" at 7 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. The event is free to the public.

Among the subjects that Goldin will address is the International Space Station.

Led by the United States and involving 15 other countries, the space station will be the largest and most complex international cooperative science and engineering program ever attempted.

Beginning in June 1998 with the launch of the first space station element, the partnership will ultimately assemble more than 100 components in low Earth orbit over the next five years. When completed, the station will provide permanent laboratories in space that will be available to researchers around the world.

Goldin became the ninth NASA administrator in April 1992.

He immediately began to earn his reputation as an agent of change, bringing reform and revitalization to the space agency.

His first initiative was to bring NASA's budget process under control and find ways to operate programs faster, better and cheaper without compromising safety.

Goldin and Brownback also will visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Hutchinson, Feb. 20.

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