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21 May 1998

NEWS RELEASE:
NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY ADDS ACTIVISM TO INTERNATIONAL OBSERVANCE OF "SPACE DAY"
Visitors to NSS Booth on Mall Can Send Postcards to President

CONTACT:
Karen Rugg, National Space Society, 202-543-1900

Washington, DC -- May 21, 1998 -- The National Space Society announces the following activities as its contribution to today's observance of "Space Day." The NSS is one of 38 Partners in the full-day event.

From 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ET, the NSS is among the participants in Space Day exhibits on the Washington DC Mall across from the Air & Space Museum. Preprinted postcards containing messages to President Bill Clinton about the International Space Station, our nation's future in space, and federal funding for NASA, will be available for the public. Postage for the cards is provided by NSS members across the country. The cards will be picked up and mailed throughout the day.

"As hundreds of young people 'embrace space' today, we want them to know that telling their elected leaders how they feel about space is especially important," said NSS Director of Communications, Karen Rugg. "Our mission is to speak for the public about space but, even more importantly, give them the tools so that they can speak for themselves. This is how we are choosing to celebrate space today."

The NSS will also be collecting names to be printed onto a microchip to be placed on board the STARDUST spacecraft Sample Return Capsule. The names will join those of the members of the Society and the cast and crew of the film "DEEP IMPACT." The names are part of a campaign begun on May 8 by the NSS, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures to collect one million names.

The NSS is also providing full technical support for the production of Space Day's main event -- Cyber Space Day --- which also takes place on the Mall from 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET and can be accessed at <http://www.spaceday.com>.

Space Day is also the eve of the Society's 17th Annual International Space Development Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over 400 activists and space visionaries are set to attend the four-day conference exploring space tourism, entrepreneurship, activism, education and more.

The National Space Society, founded in 1974, is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its 23,000 members and 90 chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization. Information on NSS and space exploration is available at <http://www.nss.org/>.


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