NASA has partnered with Jamestown 2007 and is ready to set sail on a six-port tour over the next three months. A replica of the Godspeed, the ship that brought the first English colonists to America, will visit six major East Coast ports and serve as a floating museum for thousands of visitors.
The Godspeed begins its journey May 22 from the historic Jamestown Settlement, in Williamsburg, Va. The port visits run through August.
The partnership between NASA and Jamestown will continue with a number of signature events to underscore the value of exploration. The Godspeed Sail is the kick-off event for a year-long commemoration recognizing the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in the United States.
NASA astronauts and speakers at each port will engage the public in a series of presentations about the challenges of human settlement in hostile environments. They will focus on four themes: searching for water; accommodating human needs; developing new transportation; and establishing a settlement. The speakers will compare and contrast exploration of the past with exploration of the future, using these four themes to demonstrate the connections.
At each port of call, the Godspeed will be surrounded by the "Landing Party Festival," a 30,000 square-foot area featuring live music, family entertainment, historical displays and exhibits. An interactive NASA exhibit will connect exploration of the past with exploration of the future. Visitors will be able to test their NASA knowledge, see the agency's new launch vehicles and even send a postcard from space!
NASA's Vision for Space Exploration seeks to return humans to the moon and develop the tools needed to further explore Earth, the moon, Mars and beyond. NASA will join Jamestown 2007 and the Godspeed in events at Alexandria, Va.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; and Newport, R.I.
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