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SoCal native astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson to visit local elementary schools

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Inspiring students to consider a career with NASA, Rep.Adam Schiff visits local elementary schools with NASA astronauts. The eighth such visit will be on Jan. 23 with Dr. Tracy Caldwell Dyson, visiting La Crescenta Elementary School in La Crescenta and Logan Street Elementary School in Echo Park.

Dr. Dyson will share information about NASA missions and her experiences. Students will ge able to ask questions about the space program and Congressional support of NASA and planetary science. These topics are especially important in Southern California, which enjoys an active aerospace industry and is home to Caltech, JPL, and SpaceX, as well as many businesses that create and supply space technology.

Dr. Dyson was born in Arcadia, Calif. and received her B.S. in chemistry from the California State University at Fullerton and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Davis.

Rep. Schiff says, “As Members of Congress, we must do our part to advance scientific knowledge and exploration as core values of our society. One important way we can engender a sense of excitement about math and science is by bringing America’s astronauts into the classroom. I hope that the students we visit with will seriously consider careers in math and science, especially at NASA-affiliated institutions like JPL and Caltech, right in our backyard.”

Selected by NASA in June 1998, Dyson was first assigned to the Astronaut Office ISS Operations Branch as a Russian Crusader, participating in the testing and integration of Russian hardware and software products developed for ISS. In 2000, she was assigned prime Crew Support Astronaut for the 5th ISS Expedition crew, serving as their representative on technical and operational issues throughout the training and on-orbit phase of their mission. Dyson has worked inside Mission Control as spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) for both Space Shuttle and ISS operations, serving also as the lead CAPCOM for ISS Increment 11. She received the NASA Space Flight Medal in 2007 and 2010 as well as the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2010.

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