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April 27, 2012
RELEASE JO12-005
Touch the Moon in Southern California

HOUSTON – Californians will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA.

The exhibit will be at the following locations (all times Pacific):

Chino – Planes of Fame Air Show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6

Simi Valley – Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9

San Diego –San Diego Air & Space Museum from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 16

Santa Ana – Discovery Science Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19 to Tuesday, May 22

The centerpiece of Driven to Explore is the opportunity to touch a lunar rock sample brought to Earth by the astronauts of Apollo 17 in 1972, America's last human mission to the moon. The rock is one of only eight lunar samples made available for the public to touch.

Driven to Explore allows visitors to learn why we explore, discover the challenges of human space exploration and how NASA provides critical technological advances to improve life on Earth. The exhibit also details the accomplishments of the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

NASA is investing in the building blocks of a more capable approach to space exploration, including research and development to increase space travel capabilities. In support of these efforts, NASA is performing field tests, designing surface systems and conducting advanced human research to ensure that future missions are safe, sustainable and affordable.

For more information about NASA exploration, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

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Ciandra Jackson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
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