Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington DC
August 22, 2000

(Phone: 202/358-1600)

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: N00-40

AUGUST 28 MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED FOR DR. ROBERT GILRUTH

A memorial service honoring the life of Dr. Robert Rowe Gilruth, considered “the father” of America’s human space flight program, will take place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX at 10 a.m. CDT August 28 in the Teague Auditorium. The memorial service is open to the public.

At the conclusion of the memorial service, family, friends and long-time associates will pay further tribute to Gilruth’s memory by planting a tree in the Memorial Grove on the Johnson grounds. The day’s observances will conclude at approximately 11:15 a.m. with a “missing man” fly-over by NASA astronauts.

Limited space for accredited media representatives wishing to cover the ceremony at Teague will be available. Media representatives wishing to cover the activities must notify the JSC newsroom by fax (281/483-2000) before 5 p.m. CDT Friday, August 25 for accreditation and badging.

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