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Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-3937/9000

July 13, 2006
 
RELEASE : 06_49AR
 
 
New Interactive Space Exploration Exhibit to Visit NASA Ames
 
 
Want to take a virtual reality field trip to the moon, Mars and beyond?

If so, there's an exciting, new traveling exhibit coming this month to NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., that promises to be the 'hot ticket' for space explorers of all ages.

NASA's "Vision for Space Exploration Experience" will visit Ames July 27-30, 2006. The free exhibit will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT daily, outside the Ames Exploration Center, the large white tent located adjacent to the main gate to Moffett Field.

Housed in a 53-foot-long trailer, the new exhibit features interactive holographic control panels, colorful 3-D imagery and even a 'cosmic waiting area' where visitors will learn what they will need to travel to the moon and Mars. After the 'training session,' video screens display virtual models of the moon and Mars, allowing visitors to learn about their surfaces, the history of NASA's research on each of them and future plans for exploration.

The second section of the trailer features a hexagonal theater that introduces visitors to NASA's plan to return to the moon to create a working environment that will help ensure safer, more effective future exploration further into the solar system. Visitors will discover what it might be like to live and work on the moon and Mars.

Exhibit visitors also will learn how tomorrow's lifestyles will change as NASA develops advancements in power, computer technologies, communications, networking and robotics. Visitors will see how other advanced technologies will increase the safety and reliability of future space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

Touring the exhibit, which is wheelchair accessible, takes approximately 15 minutes. The touring exhibit, which can accommodate up to 128 visitors each hour, is currently on a national tour, with stops planned in southern California following its visit to NASA Ames.

For more information and photos of the new traveling exhibit, please visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/events/2006/travelingexhibit.html



For information about NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, please visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home


 

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