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             CONTENTS                                                                 ROMERO



                                                                              Continued from cover
       SLICE OF LIFE ..................................... 4  ARTS AND ENTERTAINENT ................ 12
       FACES IN THE NEWS .................5, 6, 13   HISTORY ............................................ 14  Romero recently gained national rec-  NASA as a spacewalk instructor/diver
       COMMUNITY UPDATE .............. 7, 10–11  ON THE AVE ...................................... 15  ognition as part of the team at Houston-  and served the country as an elite Navy
       THE GREAT OUTDOORS ....................... 8  COMMUNITY CALENDAR ........ 16–17, 19   based Intuitive Machines who designed   Seal.
       BOOK NOOK ...................................... 10  FUN AND GAMES ............................... 17  and built the Nova-C Lander “Odysseus,”   He is a graduate of Vineland High
                                                                               which recently became the first U.S.   School and attended Rowan University
                                          AROUND TOWN ................................. 18
                                                                               vehicle to land on the surface of the   prior to joining the Navy. After com-
                                                                               moon since 1972.                    pleting his service, he began studying
                                                                                 As the Assembly Integration and Test   Astrophysics and Astronomy at San
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                                                                               Engineer, Mario was involved in testing   Diego Mesa College, then transferred to
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                                                                               building the vehicle from the ground up.   bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics
                                                       Vineland                He also helped name the vehicle in draw-
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                                                                                                                      From there he attended graduate
                                                       Vineland                Odyssey and its Greek hero Odysseus,   school at the University of Houston
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                                                                                       Mario Romero in a spacesuit holding a flag with the Navy Seal emblem.
                                                                                   Behind him in the 6.2-million gallon pool at NASA, which simulates micro gravity,
                                                                                                is a replica of the International Space Station.
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