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NASA 'Wired' at NextFest
09.17.07
 
NASA proved to be 'wired' at this year's NextFest, WIRED Magazine's new-technology festival held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Sept. 13-16, 2007.

NASA Dryden's Mary Ann Harness demonstrates an infrared camera. The technology extravaganza featured more than 160 exhibits, including NASA's Exploration Pavilion.

Image left: NASA Dryden exhibitor Mary Ann Harness demonstrates an infrared camera for visitors checking out the SOFIA exhibit. NASA photo by Gus Schalkham.

NASA exhibits included models of the Agency's new Orion spacecraft, Aries I and Ares V rocket models, a model of the James Webb Space Telescope, set to replace the Hubble Space Telescope in 2010, and a display introducing the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA.

Leslie Williams of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California supported exhibits in the Exploration Pavilion.
STS-118 astronaut Barbara Morgan enjoyed signing autographs for kids.
"It's exciting to peek into the future for a look at technology that might benefit families. I already look forward to next year's NextFest," Williams said.

Image right: STS-118 astronaut Barbara Morgan enjoyed signing autographs for kids. NASA's 50th Anniversary logo is visible behind her. NASA photo by Gus Schalkham.

Highlighting events in the Exploration Pavilion, NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale unveiled the agency's 50th Anniversary logo, kicking off NASA's year-long celebration. The agency turns 50 on Oct. 1, 2008.

An astronaut glove prototype gets a tryout by STS-118 astronauts.
Image left: An astronaut glove prototype designed by Peter Homer (left) gets a tryout by STS-118 astronauts Rick Mastracchio (center) and Charles Hobaugh (right). Homer won NASA's Astronaut Glove Challenge in May 2007, one of several Centennial Challenges offered by the agency to spur interest and innovation in spaceflight technology. NASA photo by Gus Schalkham.


Other NASA events included Dale and astronaut Scott Kelly introducing the STS-118 space shuttle crew during NextFest's opening ceremonies. The astronauts signed autographs during the festival.


Gray Creech
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center