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Astronaut Gorie highlights 3rd Annual Onizuka Day

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Date: Saturday, January 25, 2003
Contact: Judith Fox-Goldstein, (808) 974-7555

For Immediate Release

Approximately 600 students in grades 4-10, parents and educators participated in the Third Annual Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, held on Saturday, January 25 on the University of Hawai`i at Hilo campus.

The event honored Colonel Ellison Onizuka, the Kona-born astronaut who died along with his six fellow classmates when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lift-off on January 28, 1986.

The all-day event included an opening general assembly in the UH Hilo Theatre featuring remarks by UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng, Onizuka

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