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NASA's Mars Curiosity Team Partners with World Genesis Foundation to Inspire Youth at Romanian Youth Academy

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - August 16, 2012
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NASA Systems Engineer, Ravi Prakash, joins World Genesis Foundation at UNESCO Youth Academy
Ravi Prakash, NASA Systems Engineer for the Mars Curiosity Rover, speaks with youth at UNESCO Academy.
 
 
World Genesis Foundation Sponsors Atlantykron UNESCO Summer Academy for Youth
The presentations by Ravi and Anthony captured the full attention of youth and instructors.
 
 
NASA Systems Engineer, Anthony Scodary, joins World Genesis Foundation at UNESCO Youth Academy
Anthony Scodary, NASA System engineer for the Mars Curiosity Rover, speaks with youth at UNESCO Academy.
  
 
Sorin Repanovici, World Genesis Foundation Vice President, is joined by Alexandru Mironov and Romanian Cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
Alexandru Mironov, Romanian Cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, and Sorin Repanovici discuss the future of space exploration with youth.
       
This summer's UNESCO Youth Academy at Atlantykron was a special one indeed. During the early days of the Academy, NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover landed on Mars and immediately afterward three special guest joined the youth to share and discuss a firsthand view of the experience.

Joing the Academy were three guests of the World Genesis Foundation including NASA Systems Engineers Ravi Prakash and Anthony Scodary. Along with the guests from NASA was Romanian Cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu. Each shared there inside views of the Mars Curiosity landing and their experiences in space exploration with the more than 500 student, teachers and organizers in attendance.

"The particpation and impact of these guests was absolutely remarkable. They lit a spark in the imagination of the youth that spread like wildfire and dominated many formal and fireside discussions for the duration of the Academy," said World Genesis Foundation President and CEO, Heather Caton MSW.

"Sometimes it takes just a little gesture, or a small moment in time, to impact the lives of the young people attending these programs, and these three guests made a positive impact that will last for years, and perhaps a lifetime, for many of the youth in attendance. We are deeply grateful for their time and support."

Links to video excerpts from these presentations and discussions can be found below.

The World Genesis Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that was founded on November 30, 1999 and is dedicated to a vision and mission to "leave no child without hope for the future." Headquartered in Santa Fe, NM USA, the foundation supports activities worldwide to create educational, scientific and cultural opportunities for youth with a special focus in areas of the world where these opportunities are limited or do not exist.

Links:

Video - NASA Systems Engineer - Ravi Prakash
Video - NASA Systems Engineer - Anthony Scodary
Video - Romanian Cosmonaut - Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu

Atlantykron Summer Academy - Official Website
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Keep Up with the Latest News on the Mars Curiosity Rover
World Genesis Foundation – Official Website
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Public Relations, press@WorldGenesis.org, The World Genesis Foundation, 14050 W Van Buren St # 404, Goodyear, AZ 85338, UNITED STATES of AMERICA

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