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Ruth Marlaire
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
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Betty Humphery
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
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July 17, 2009
 
RELEASE : 09-88AR
 
 
NASA Exploration Exhibit Visits Seattle Washington on State Tour
 
 
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- America's plans for opening the space frontier – including new human exploration of Earth's moon and future voyages into the solar system beyond – are featured in an interactive exhibit now touring Washington, and scheduled to visit Seattle July 23-25.

Hosted by The Museum of Flight, the NASA Exploration Experience traveling exhibit is intended to give visitors a vivid glimpse into the nation's ambitious future in space. "We hope the multimedia experience helps people better understand how the country plans to explore the moon and travel beyond in the next decade or so,” said outreach coordinator Keyke Reed from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

During its stay in Seattle, the exhibit will be on display at the Air Parking Lot of The Museum of Flight. It will be open to the public July 23-25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT.

The exhibit simulates a breathtaking visit to the first destination on America's new journey into the solar system: Earth's moon. "Interactive control panels and activity stations; immersive 3D imagery; and audio effects will plunge visitors into a not-too-distant future on the moon," said Reed. "They'll discover what it will be like to live and work on the surfaces of other worlds – and how it will benefit life back home on Earth."

NASA staffers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss some of the thousands of technologies used on Earth as a result of years of space-based research and development by the agency and its partners. In addition, Jeevan Perera, risk manager for the Orion space vehicle from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will be a guest speaker at The Museum of Flight on July 24-25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. PDT.

"Exhibit visitors can learn how our quality of life improves when America’s space exploration activities refine existing technologies or develop new breakthroughs in areas such as power generation, computer technology, communications, networking and robotics," Reed said. Visitors also can learn how other advanced technologies are increasing the safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

Touring the NASA Exploration Experience exhibit takes approximately 10 minutes. The exhibit is wheelchair-accessible. Exhibit visitors also can have their photos taken “on the moon” in a spacesuit in front of a lunar landscape.

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project, a NASA resource that delivers education programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories, will support the exhibit. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the traveling exhibit for the agency's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the travel exhibit, "Robots on the Road," a hands-on robotics experience, will be on site July 23-25. The robots also will be on display at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash. on July 22.

A teacher professional development workshop will be held for the Washington Wind Civil Air Patrol on August 8. This workshop is specifically designed for Aerospace Education Leaders. Brian Hawkins, a NASA Aerospace Educational Specialist, will lead the workshop.

For more information about the traveling exhibit, visit:

http://exploration.nasa.gov
 

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