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NASA Launch on February 24

Event Date : February 24th, 2011

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SACRAMENTO: THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO VIEW THE LAST LAUNCH OF SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY MISSION STS-133

AWARDS CEREMONY FOR STUDENTS SPONSORED BY THE CALIFORNIA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM

This will be the 35th shuttle mission to the station and the last flight scheduled for the Space Shuttle Discovery. The STS-133 Mission of Discovery will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4 and provide critical spare components to the International Space Station. There will be a live broadcast on NASA-TV from the Kennedy Space Center which will be viewed at CSUS.

Last month, the California Space Grant Consortium with headquarters at UC San Diego awarded to CSUS $7,000 in grants to sponsor future CSUS students and motivate them to follow STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) carriers at CSUS. It also awarded another $10,000 to sponsor projects in the Mechanical Engineering Department directed by Professor Jose J. Granda. Dr. Emir Macari, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science will present scholarships to students supported by the California Space Grant Consortium from two local High Schools and an award to sponsor the Girls Robotics Club at another High School. “NASA investment in our students will produce the workforce of the future and will motivate students to develop their full potential in science and engineering said Prof. Granda”

There will be an explanation of the mission following the ceremony and prior to the launch. CSUS Engineering students and Faculty have participated in the Engineering Analysis of the Space Shuttle Missions for the past five years. CSUS engineering Professor Jose J. Granda is one of NASA spokesmen for STS-133. Two of his graduate students at CSUS participated in the engineering analysis and computer simulations of the STS=133 mission to the International Space Station. There will be a short explanation of their work. “The effect of these grants, these events and the school’s relation with NASA certainly will have an impact in our student’s success in the marketplace” , said Dr. Emir Macari, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The event will take place on THURSDAY FEBRUARY. 24 -- 1:00 P.M. – 2:15 PM – LOBBY SUITE (University Union) at CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO 6000 J Street, Sacramento, Ca 96819. Exact launch time 1:50 pm. (California time). The general public, faculty, students are invited to attend.

Contact: Professor. Jose J. Granda, NASA Faculty Fellow. (530) 902-3165

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