For release: 03/17/03
Release #: 03-038
As a tribute to the last 100 years of powered flight and a glimpse into the future of humans in space, NASA will showcase its International Space Station and Microgravity Science activities at the Huntsville Air Show, March 29-30 at Huntsville International Airport.
As a tribute to the last 100 years of powered flight and a glimpse into the future of humans
in space, NASA will showcase its International Space Station and Microgravity Science activities at the Huntsville Air Show, March 29-30 at Huntsville International Airport.
The NASA booth will feature the exhibit “Space Station Imagination,” based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, with interactive displays and other features to convey what it’s like to live and work on board the orbiting outpost.
Comprised of two 48-foot trailers linked in an L-shape, the exhibit lets visitors experience two modules of the actual space station: the Habitation Module, or living quarters, where the astronauts sleep, eat and tend to personal hygiene and the Laboratory Module where a wide range of in-space research and experiments are performed.
Animatronics "astronaut" Dr. Emily greets visitors as she awakens to start her day on board this international orbiting laboratory. Displays show how things like a space toilet and shower work, as well as how astronauts eat and sleep aboard the space station. A centrifuge displays how scientists might study the effects of varying levels of gravity on plants, animals and materials. Three informative and entertaining video presentations, using actual footage from the Space Station, tell the story of human space exploration and how the station fits into that story.
NASA’s presence will also highlight the Centennial of Flight, including an exhibit about a project at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville to replicate the first rocket test flight by Dr. Robert H. Goddard.
The air show, which will feature the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. Event parking is $5.00.
Photos and video are available by contacting Jerry Berg, (256) 544-0034
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