NASA will take visitors to the moon, Mars and beyond at EAA Airventure 2006, the country's biggest annual air show held in Oshkosh, Wis., July 24-30.
NASA scientists, engineers, educators, and communicators will be on hand at the Experimental Aircraft Association's yearly event to give attendees a glimpse of the future in an exhibit that has universal appeal, literally.
Outside the NASA building at Airventure, visitors will be able to check out a full-scale Space Shuttle engine that weighs more than 17,000 pounds and is about the size of a recreational vehicle. Adjacent to that will be a 30-foot tall model of the heavy-lift rocket proposed for the Cargo Launch Vehicle and interactive demonstrations featuring a "pocket rocket" and liquid nitrogen.
Inside the facility NASA will feature a full-scale mock-up of America's next space capsule, the Crew Exploration Vehicle. The exhibit will help visitors better understand how NASA plans to send astronauts beyond low-earth orbit. It includes a couple of holographic astronauts that will introduce the Constellation program. Constellation is the combination of large and small systems that will provide humans the capabilities necessary to travel and explore the solar system.
But no NASA presentation at an air show would be complete without a look at NASA's contributions to aeronautics. Not only will exhibits feature a number of NASA-developed aviation technologies, a special education area will allow youngsters to make and take their own paper airplanes, rotorcraft and straw rockets.
Other displays will allow Airventure visitors to take their photograph taken in a space suit or see images coming back from space by way of the Hubble Space Telescope.
A number of people who work at NASA will share their expertise at Airventure 2006. Aerospace craftspeople will be there to reveal some mysteries of science and to show how they create the experiments that have propelled America forward as a leader in aerospace technologies.
NASA representatives will also give presentations throughout the run of the show at various Airventure pavilions. Scheduled forum speakers include engineers, a test pilot, and veteran space shuttle commander Scott Horowitz. Horowitz is now NASA's associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, Washington.
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