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ASTRONAUT CAPTAIN EUGENE CERNAN JOINS SPACENET USA BOARD: THE LAST ASTRONAUT TO LEAVE HIS FOOTPRINT ON THE MOON JOINS SPACENET USA BOARD

 NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- SpaceNet USA Inc., the creator of the Space Trek Experience(R), a space-themed mobile (floating) attraction announced today that Captain Eugene Cernan has joined the company's board of directors.
 Captain Eugene A. Cernan, after serving 20 years as a Naval Aviator, retired from the United States Navy in 1976. Thirteen of those years were dedicated to direct involvement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) United States Space Program as an Astronaut. During his years with NASA, Captain Cernan flew on three separate space missions. He was the second man to walk in space as the pilot on Gemini IX and one of a crew of three to venture to the moon on Apollo X. As Commander of Apollo XVII, Captain Cernan holds the distinction of being the last man to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon. "I never felt invincible- either on Apollo X or Apollo XVII. Rather, I felt humble to have had this opportunity, and even selfish not to have been able to share it," said Cernan.
 Captain Cernan also actively participated in the design, engineering, and development testing of spacecraft hardware and systems. He was a member of the NASA senior management team and reviewed decisions which directly affected operations and mission planning. From 1973 through 1975, Captain Cernan served as a senior United States Negotiator during discussions with the USSR concerning the joint United States and Soviet Apollo/Soyuz project.
 Captain Cernan is president and chief executive officer of the Cernan Corporation and the Cernan Group, Inc. space-related technology and marketing consulting firms.
 Captain Cernan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University of Lafayette, Ind., in 1956. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1963 from the United States Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. Captain Cernan was also awarded Honorary Doctorates of Engineering from Purdue, Drexel and Gonzaga Universities, and an Honorary Doctorate degree from Western State College of Law. His honors include the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with Star, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the FAI International Gold Medal for Space, the VFW Gold Space Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, and a Television Emmy. He is an active member of several professional societies and foundations dedicated to the improvement of the education and well being of the American population.
 SpaceNet USA Inc. has developed a totally mobile space-themed attraction. The 20,000 square feet exhibition is mounted on a floating platform and will visit 40 U.S. cities during its initial five year tour. The entire attraction includes replicas as well as actual USA and Soviet spacecraft and artifacts, "hands-on" educational exhibits, flight simulators, fantasy motion theaters and virtual reality experiences. New Orleans will be the first host city on the company's five year, 40 city tour.
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 /CONTACT: Esther Raye for SpaceNet USA Inc., 212-308-2828/


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