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50 INNER-CITY CHILDREN FROM PARA LOS NINOS CELEBRATE THE 50TH SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH

 50 INNER-CITY CHILDREN FROM PARA LOS NINOS CELEBRATE
 THE 50TH SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH
 CANOGA PARK, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- "Ten, nine, eight ... " was the countdown observed by 50 children from Para Los Ninos in celebration of the 50th space shuttle launch and the 150th flight of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. The celebration was highlighted with a $12,000 donation from the employees of Rockwell and a simulated space shuttle launch, manned by the children.
 Rocketdyne, a division of Rockwell International (NYSE: ROK), hosted the celebration with a pre-launch "fueling" breakfast, an educational "briefing" on the components of the space shuttle, and a giant 4-foot-by-3-foot jigsaw puzzle of the shuttle Endeavour. The children, ranging in age from 5 to 9, were responsible for mission control and the "lift-off" of their shuttle.
 "It is wonderful that Rocketdyne invited our children to celebrate in America's shuttle program," said Miki Boalt, program director for Para Los Ninos. "These kids have been looking forward to this celebration for the past two months. Traveling outside of central Los Angeles to 'launch' a space shuttle has been very exciting for them -- this will be something they will remember for a long time."
 Para Los Ninos, a non-profit organization, provides impoverished families with the tools they need to take control of their lives. The organization helps them achieve stability by guiding them to a brighter future with emergency food and shelter; day care and after school programs; recreation and intervention programs for teens; job and housing assistance; and parental classes to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Nearly 400 children a day and 1,000 families a year turn to Para Los Ninos for help.
 "Rocketdyne is committed to being a good neighbor," said Mel Davis, vice president of human resources and communications at Rocketdyne. "When we can bring a smile to the faces of 50 youngsters, a smile that these children sometimes have a hard time finding, we know that we are making a difference in our community."
 Rocketdyne is a division of the Rockwell International Corp., a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /NOTE: Photos available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Kristy Varnes, 818-710-3434, or Mike Pollock, 818-710-4554, both of Rocketdyne/
 (ROK) CO: Para Los Ninos; Rocketdyne; Rockwell International Corp. ST: California IN: SU:


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