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Former NASA Astronaut Jon McBride Helping Delaware North Celebrate Earth Day 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y.

 Retired U.S. naval officer and pilot of the space shuttle Challenger (Mission 41-G) - to share insights with employees and students

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 20, 2011) – Former space shuttle pilot and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jon McBride will celebrate Earth Day events in Buffalo this week with Delaware North associates, students at Buffalo Seminary and students at Nichols School.

As a member of the Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Encounter team, McBride will be available to speak about the importance of Earth Day (Friday, April 22), the recent announcement of the Delaware North-operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s acquisition of space shuttle Atlantis and the scheduled completion this year of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.

McBride was pilot of STS 41-G, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on October 5, 1984, aboard the orbiter Challenger. He was scheduled to fly in March 1986, as commander of the STS 61-E crew. NASA cancelled the flight in the wake of the fatal Challenger accident in January 1986.

McBride will arrive at Delaware North Companies’ global headquarters Thursday morning. Following a presentation with Delaware North associates, McBride will visit Buffalo Seminary to share his Earth Day message. He will spend Friday morning sharing that same message with students at Nichols School.

Media are invited to attend an interview session and subsequent event at Delaware North headquarters on Thursday or the events at Nichols School on Friday.
Please call to set up one-on-one interviews.


11 A.M.                     Interview opportunity at Delaware North Headquarters (40 Fountain Plaza)
12:30 – 1:30 P.M.    McBride’s Earth Day presentation for Delaware North associates (7th floor)

8 A.M.                Presentation in Allan Hayes’ 5th-grade science class
8:38 A.M.           Presentation in Julie Alford’s 6th-grade science class
9:13 A.M.           Reading room for breakfast/informal discussion with volunteer parents and facilities crew
10:20 A.M.         Lecture/presentation in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center for the middle school
11 A.M.-Noon    Pre-calculus with Don Wagner