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Exploration Day at Ames
07.30.10
 
To celebrate NASA’s Summer of Innovation initiative to promote excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), NASA Ames held a day filled with STEM education hands-on activities and events. Festivities included a visit from the Traveling Space Museum (TSM); the grand opening of the renovated Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE), geared toward middle school students; an opportunity to operate rovers on a simulated lunar regolith and a student poster session.

Summer of Innovation Left: Students suited up in astronaut gear as they imagined themselves traveling in space.
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Summer of Innovation Left: A young boy receives instructions before test driving the Lunar Utility Vehicle.
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Summer of Innovation Left: Even toddlers were curious about the exhibits.
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Summer of Innovation Left: The moon boots were a big hit.
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Summer of Innovation Left: Students examined space food up close.
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Summer of Innovation Left: Riding the hovercraft was a popular activity.
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Summer of Innovation Left: Monday was also "Bring Your Child to Work Day" at NASA Ames. Here an Ames employee's child is trying out the flight simulator at Future Flight Central.
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Nichelle Nichols Left: Actress Nichelle Nichols shares her passion for space and STEM education with the audience in the Exploration Center at NASA Ames.
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