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September 17, 1997

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5914

Release: J97-26

NASA/JSC Inspection 97 to Give Business, Community, and Education Leaders an "Up Close" Look

For the second year, the Johnson Space Center (JSC) is hosting a unique event bringing together leaders from various fields to explore the programs, activities, and technologies of human space flight. For three days, November 12 - 14, JSC will open its doors to leaders from industry, business, community organizations, and education for an "up-close" look at the center’s capabilities and facilities. Due to limited space, interested individuals should request pre-registration information by October 22.

The NASA/JSC Inspection 97 will showcase the Shuttle program, International Space Station program, Mir activities, Mars studies, and the space age technologies and expertise that make them possible. Guests can visit more than 175 exhibits and demonstrations in 17 buildings across the site, as well as the Ellington Airfield, and the new Sonny Carter Training Facility.

"For more than three decades, JSC has been the world leader in human spaceflight operations," said JSC Director George Abbey. "At the heart of our capabilities are the specialized technologies, expertise and facilities needed to launch humans into space, construct an International Space Station, and develop missions beyond Earth’s orbit. Visitors will see first hand the technologies and facilities that make human space exploration a reality."

Business and technical leaders attending will represent a variety of non-aerospace industries including the petroleum, chemical, petrochemical, energy, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, medical and engineering fields. They include chief executive officers, presidents, small business owners, technical specialists, and design engineers. This diverse audience prompts an enthusiastic exchange of technical challenges and solutions among the participants.

According to Inspection 97 Event Chair Doug Blanchard, "Much of the work we do – from research to developing spacecraft to fabricating equipment that astronauts use on orbit – has potential commercial applications. This event is an excellent opportunity for business and industry leaders to see our technical advances and discuss these activities with our engineers, scientists, and managers."

All exhibits, tours and demonstrations will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 12, 13 and 14. Please review the attached fact sheet for a listing of the exhibits and demonstrations at I 97. Registration for Inspection 97 is ongoing. Call Sylvia Stottlemyer at 281-244-1316 or visit the Internet registration site at http://inspection.jsc.nasa.gov for more information.

EDITORS NOTE: Shortly before Inspection 97, news media will be given a preview of selected research, technologies, and facilities that will make up the event. Reporters interested in attending the preview should contact Doug Peterson at 281-483-5914.

 

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