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Mobile Baybears Baseball Fans to Experience Outer Space With NASA's Interactive Space Exploration Exhibit April 6-8
04.05.06
 
Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 06-042


When baseball fans watch the Mobile BayBears play, they expect to see some of major league baseball's future stars. Starting Thursday, April 6, visitors to Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala., will see stars -- and the surfaces of planets -- at NASA's Vision for Space Exploration Experience.

The Experience is a traveling exhibit using holographic and 3D imagery to allow visitors to slip the confines of Earth and explore what it might be like to visit the surfaces of the moon, Mars and destinations beyond.

When the BayBears open their season with a weekend series against the Carolina Mudcats April 6-8, NASA will open its exhibit in the stadium parking lot daily from 5-9 p.m. While there is no charge for the exhibit, those who choose to park in the stadium lot will be charged a $3 fee.

The visit to Mobile is part of a month-long, multi-city tour of the NASA exhibit, which started Monday at the Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss. After the Mobile stop, the exhibit will wind through Alabama, with stops in Tuskegee, Montgomery and Birmingham.

NASA experts will be on hand as well, to answer questions and discuss some of the 30,000 technologies used on Earth as a result of years of space-based NASA research and development. Visitors can learn how tomorrow's lifestyles may change as NASA develops advancements in power, computer technologies, communications, networking and robotics. In addition, visitors can see how other advanced technologies will increase safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

Touring the exhibit, which is wheelchair accessible, takes approximately 15 minutes. It can accommodate up to 128 visitors each hour. The exhibit enables NASA to spread knowledge of the Vision for Space Exploration at up to 50 events annually, reaching millions of Americans nationwide.

For more information on NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov