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For release: 10-21-03
Release: 03-188


NASA's futuristic Starship 2040 exhibit to 'touch down' in Idaho Oct. 23 for 12-day visit

Photo description: Starship 2040, NASA's traveling space transportation exhibit, is a mockup of a futuristic spaceliner that travels inside a 48-foot tractor and trailer rig.

Starship 2040 – NASA's traveling space transportation exhibit, designed to give visitors a look into human spaceflight as it might exist 40 years from now — will begin a 12-day visit to Idaho Oct. 23. The exhibit, managed by the Marshall Center, will visit Idaho Falls Oct. 23-25, and Boise Oct. 27-Nov. 2.

Photo: Starship 2040, NASA's traveling space transportation exhibit, is a mockup of a futuristic spaceliner that travels inside a 48-foot tractor and trailer rig. (NASA/MSFC)


Starship 2040 — NASA's traveling space transportation exhibit designed to give visitors a look at human space flight as it might exist 40 years from now — will "touch down" in Idaho beginning Oct 23, with stops in Idaho Falls and Boise.

NASA's traveling Starship 2040 is a mockup of a futuristic spaceliner that travels inside a 48-foot tractor and trailer rig. The exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into a very possible future — one in which human beings will travel and work in space as safely, affordably and routinely as we now navigate the skies.

Starship 2040 will be open to the public — at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls Oct. 23-25 and the Warhawk Air Museum in Boise Oct. 27-Nov. 2. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at both locations.

Admission to Starship 2040 is free. The exhibit is handicapped accessible.

NASA's Starship 2040 is visiting the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls during the third annual Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Science and Engineering Expo Oct. 23-25.

"We're excited to have Starship 2040 at the Expo this year, and expect it will generate much interest in our young visitors," said Elda Zounar, director of the Science and Engineering Expo. "The exhibit will help students make the connection between space technology today, and where it will be during their lifetimes."

"We invite everyone to stop by the exhibit and experience NASA's vision of future commercial spaceflight," said Nick Gailey, director of the Museum of Idaho.

Officials at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. — which manages the exhibit — are confident the experience will send visitors' imaginations straight into orbit.

"Passengers" board Starship 2040 and walk through control, passenger and engineering compartments. Audio effects — engine noises, computer and crew voices — add to the realism of the experience.

"Starship 2040 is intended to inform and excite visitors of all ages about future space travel technologies and present-day space research and development," said Brandon Boone, Starship 2040 exhibit manager. "NASA places particular emphasis on inspiring young people — tomorrow's space explorers — by motivating them not only to dream of a future in space, but to pursue careers in math, science and engineering — the building blocks of America's space program."

Starship 2040 arrives in Idaho after back-to-back tours in Utah, Montana and Alaska, where tens of thousands of visitors — schoolchildren, educators and the American public — toured the exhibit and learned about NASA programs such as the Orbital Space Plane — the nation's next space transportation system for crew rescue and transfer to and from the International Space Station.

The Marshall Center is a key leader in NASA technology development efforts aimed at enabling dramatic improvements in the safety, cost and reliability of future space transportation systems. For more information, visit:

http://www.starship2040.com

http://www.Education.nasa.gov/

http://www.slinews.com/

For more information about the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Science and Engineering Expo, visit:

http://www.inel.gov

For more information:
News release
Photos
Fact sheet
Starship 2040
NASA Education Program
Space Launch Initiative News
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Science & Engineering Expo


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