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December 16, 2011
RELEASE J11-030
JSC, Texas A&M Mark Move of Space Shuttle Motion Simulator

HOUSTON – NASA's Johnson Space Center and Texas A&M University will sign an agreement Dec. 19 to begin the move of the primary space shuttle launch and landing trainer, the Shuttle Motion Simulator, to College Station.

Media are invited to attend the Space Act Agreement signing at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at JSC. JSC Deputy Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa will welcome guests, including Texas A&M University President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, who will provide remarks on the partnership agreement. Media should contact the JSC newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, to arrange credentials.

The NASA-Texas A&M partnership will allow the university to house and showcase unique space shuttle training artifacts. The Shuttle Motion Simulator provided a full-motion simulation of shuttle launches and landings for every crew that flew on the shuttle. It began operations at JSC in 1977 and was used in training for all 135 space shuttle missions.

The facility that housed the shuttle simulators at JSC continues to be used for International Space Station training. This partnership will help ensure that this unique historical artifact and the space shuttle training technology it represents is preserved and used to inspire future engineers. JSC welcomes opportunities for such partnerships that find areas of common interest of benefit to both parties.

For more information about NASA's Johnson Space Center, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/johnson

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Jay Bolden
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111

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