15 January 1998
CONTACT: Karen Rugg, 202-543-1900
(Washington, DC) -- January 15, 1998 -- In response to rumors that NASA will announce at 12 noon tomorrow that former astronaut and now Senator John Glenn will fly aboard a future shuttle, Ms. Pat Dasch, executive director for the National Space Society (NSS) today said:
"We are anxiously awaiting NASA's rationale for flying Glenn, if that is what they are announcing. From a biomedical standpoint, the Senator represents a sample of an entirely new segment of the population. His flight would involve new experiments to answer the questions of how an older person reacts in space. In seeing these results, will we see things we can apply to making older people more comfortable on Earth?The National Space Society is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization with headquarters in Washington, DC. Its 25,000 members and 95 chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization. For more information on the NSS and our future in space, visit http://www.nss.org/.