NASA ADDS TECHNOLOGY DISPLAYS TO N.C. STATE FAIR
NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton will bring special
technology demonstrations to the N.C. State Fair, which starts
today in Raleigh.
NASA Langley serves a five-state region, including North
Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina West Virginia and Kentucky, for
education and public outreach.
In addition to celebrating the 100th anniversary of
powered flight that occurred in Kitty Hawk, NASA's N.C. State Fair
displays showcase NASA Langley technologies that may soon improve
people's daily lives.
NASA Langley's exhibit offers a hands-on, interactive experience
and plenty of real-life NASA engineers and technicians to answer
questions. One of the displays highlights a bio-feedback system
that may soon help children with attention deficit disorder and
adults with diabetes. The virtual reality technology was developed
by NASA to test pilots. It allows users to "see" beneath their
Another exhibit shows how NASA technology originally created to
better understand airflow over airplane wings is now being used in
an experimental portable fetal heart monitor that can relieve some
of the worries of high-risk pregnancies.
Another NASA system on display not only improves digital
photography, but also can be applied to medical and forensic
imaging, aerial reconnaissance and technologies to improve
visibility in foggy and smoky conditions. The Retinex image
enhancement system automatically processes images to give them
improved contrast, lightness, and sharpness. The technology was
created by NASA to give pilots better visibility at night and in
The N.C. State Fair runs from October 17-26, 2003.
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