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Cyberspace Space Day

May 21, 1998
Web posted at: 8:59 a.m. EDT (1259 GMT)
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Astronauts, scientists and space enthusiasts are gathering in Washington, D.C., for the second annual Space Day festivities Thursday.

The event was started in 1997 to educate the public on what's happening in space and how it benefits people on Earth. Not by accident, it falls on the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's 1961 speech committing the nation to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

It also comes amid an abundance of space-related news, such as John Glenn's upcoming return to space, the building of the International Space Station and unprecedented pictures of Mars from both Pathfinder and the Mars Global Surveyor.

This year's festivities will include a live interactive Webcast from the official Space Day Web site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. The Webcast will be co-hosted by CNN's John Holliman, who will interview NASA officials and famous astronauts, including Glenn. Viewers around the world are invited to send in questions through the Space Day Web site

Click here for the Space Day Webcast


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