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Nasa astronauts to visit Isle of Man

The six Nasa astronauts who crewed the final mission of the space shuttle Discovery are to visit the Isle of Man.

Nicole Stott, Michael Barratt, Eric Boe, Stephen Bowen, Alvin Drew and Steven Lindsey will make the six-day trip in July.

The team will host a series of talks at island secondary schools as well as appearing at Tynwald Day on 5 July.

Chief Minister Tony Brown said: "This promises to be a memorable occasion for the Isle of Man".

Nasa engineer Nicole Stott is married to a Manx businessman and has been an ambassador for the Isle of Man in space.

On her last mission she carried a piece of Tynwald Hill into space and in October 2009 she conducted a live video link from orbit with a group of island high school students.

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