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Tuskegee Community Will Travel Among the Stars With NASA's Interactive Space Exploration Exhibit April 10-12
04.07.06
 
Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 06-045


The community of Tuskegee, Ala., will soon have the opportunity to step into the cosmos.

On April 10-12 NASA is bringing to Tuskegee University its Vision for Space Exploration Experience -- an interactive traveling exhibit allowing visitors to slip the confines of Earth.

The Experience uses holographic and 3D imagery to show "explorers" what it might be like to visit the surfaces of the moon, Mars and destinations beyond. Visitors can manipulate their environment and explore simulated lunar and Martian landscapes as well as travel to one of Saturn's moons, free of charge.

Tours of the exhibit for students and the public begin at noon April 10 and continue until 5 p.m. The exhibit also will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11-12. There is no admission charge to tour the exhibit, located outside Foster Hall, home to the university's College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences. Some area schools have scheduled field trips to the university so their students may visit the NASA exhibit.

The exhibit's visit to Tuskegee is part of a month-long, multi-city state tour, which began in Mobile April 6. The exhibit also visits Montgomery April 14-15 and 17-18, and Birmingham April 20-23.

NASA experts will be on hand at each of the tour's stops to answer questions and discuss some of the 30,000 technologies used on Earth as a result of NASA's years of space-based research and development. Visitors can learn how tomorrow's lifestyles will change as NASA develops advancements in power, computer technologies, communications, networking and robotics. Visitors also will 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