MARQUETTE--Dr. Jerry Linenger, the Michigan astronaut who recently completed a mission aboard the space station Mir, will tour Upper Peninsula communities July 30-August 14.

The visit is being coordinated by Northern Michigan University's Seaborg Center.

"It would be exciting to have any astronaut visit the U.P., but we have a special affinity for Jerry Linenger because of his ties to Michigan," said Duane Fowler of the Seaborg Center. "A group from NMU - including myself - actually witnessed the January launch of the shuttle Atlantis as he began his journey to Mir."

Linenger will deliver a public lecture at NMU at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in room 102 of John X. Jamrich Hall. He will also tape a segment of Media Meet, which will air at 9:30 p.m. Friday, August I and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 3 on WNMU-TV 13, and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 3 on WNMU-FM 90. Linenger plans to meet with a number of K-12 science and math teachers, and with students attending the week-long Seaborg Academy at NMU.

In addition to Marquette, Linenger is scheduled to make stops in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Ironwood, Houghton, Menominee, Sault Ste. Marie and St. lgnace.

The astronaut carried memorabilia from the U.P. into space, including a reproduction of the official NMU flag. He will return the flag and other trinkets to the respective communities he visits. While his schedule for each stop is still being developed, it is likely to include a variety of functions with civic leaders, service clubs and the general public.

In addition to coordinating Linengers visit, the Seaborg Center has other connections with NASA. It is home to one of three NASA Teacher Education Resource Centers in the state, providing a variety of instructional materials to area teachers. And Director Peggy House was the principal author on one of three publications spawned from a joint project between NASA and NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She prepared a set of materials relating math applications to space.

"For more information, call Duane Fowler at (906) 227-2450."

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director