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For release: 10-24-03
Release: 03-191


NASA's Starship 2040 arrives in Boise Monday for seven-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 seven-day visit to the Warhawk Air Museum in Boise, Idaho, Oct. 27. The exhibit, managed by the Marshall Center, has recently been on display at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.

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)


NASA's Starship 2040 exhibit — designed to give visitors a look at human space flight as it might exist 40 years from now — will "touch down" for a seven-day visit in Boise, Idaho, Monday, Oct. 27, at the Warhawk Air Museum.

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 in aircraft.

The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Warhawk Air Museum in Boise beginning Monday and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2. Admission is free and the exhibit is handicapped accessible.

"We're honored to host NASA and Starship 2040 at the Warhawk Air Museum," said Kellie Dean, an education coordinator at the museum. "We invite everyone to stop by the exhibit and experience NASA's vision of future commercial spaceflight."

Starship 2040 arrives in Boise following a three-day visit to the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.

Starship 2040 is intended to inform and excite visitors of all ages about future space travel technologies and present-day space research and development, according to Brandon Boone, Starship 2040 exhibit manager at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

"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," Boone said.

"This exhibit will have a tremendous effect on our young visitors," said Lili Saum, a Warhawk education coordinator.

The exhibit is managed by the Marshall Center, which 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:
News release
Photos
Fact sheet
Starship 2040
NASA Education Program
Space Launch Initiative News


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