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Rep. Kinzinger Brings NASA Mars Rover to IL-16 Students

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OTTAWA, IL, May 17, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
On Friday, April 30, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) hosted an event for high school students across the 16th District of Illinois featuring NASA's Mars Rover.
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OTTAWA, IL – On Friday, April 30, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) hosted an event for high school students across the 16th District of Illinois featuring Ann Devereaux, the Lead Spacecraft System Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The virtual event featured a conversation about the Mars Mission and her career at NASA, along with insightful questions from the students.

“The last year has presented many challenges, but it has also forced us to get creative. And there’s no better example than the opportunity we had this year to turn our annual Youth Leadership Summit into a virtual NASA experience,” said Congressman Kinzinger (R-IL). “As a pilot, I was thrilled to be able to bring this incredible feat in space exploration to young people across my district and to foster some excitement about the possibilities we have for the universe. A big, big thank you to Ann and her team for making this possible, and for their enthusiasm to share their experiences and findings with our students. It was all incredibly fascinating, and we look forward to what the future holds for our Mars Perseverance Rover and our understanding of the red planet.”

The full event video can be found on the Congressman’s YouTube page here, which includes images and video clips as provided by the NASA team from the Mars Rover Landing on February 18, 2021.



“It was such an honor to be able to share my passion for space exploration,” said Ann Devereaux, NASA Division Manager for Systems Engineering. Students like those of IL-16 are the future of NASA and their awesome questions showed what a great future we have to look forward to!”

Participating schools at Congressman Kinzinger’s NASA event included:

St. Bede Academy

Peru, IL

Hononegah High School

Rockton, IL

Roosevelt Community Education Center

Rockford, IL

Harlem High School

Harlem, IL

Pontiac High School

Pontiac, IL

Central High School

Clifton, IL

DeKalb High School

Dekalb, IL

Ohio Community High School

Ohio, IL

Wilmington High School

Wilmington, IL

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