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Gray's budget funds space simulator for DC schools

Tuesday - 4/16/2013, 8:10am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray's 2014 budget proposal includes money to build a space station simulator in the district's public school system.

The Washington Examiner (http://tinyurl.com/br9l3tb) reports that space education center would be part of the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education. The organization oversees a network of 41 such facilities across the United States, including one in Prince George's County.

A location for the facility hasn't been determined. It's expected to cost $1.5 million to design. Of that total, $1 million was included in last year's budget, and Gray's fiscal 2014 proposal includes the remaining $500,000.

Russell Waugh is the program's outreach teacher. He says the simulation gives students a feel for being in space or at mission control.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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