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Memphis Will Travel Among the Stars With NASA's Interactive Space Exploration Exhibit April 3-4
03.29.07
 
Janet Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256/544-0034

News Release: 07-036


Visitors enter the Vision for Space Exploration Experience where they can virtually explore our universe without ever leaving the ground. Memphis, Tenn., area residents will soon have the opportunity to step into the cosmos.

On April 3 and 4, NASA is bringing to the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering 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 and explore simulated lunar and Martian landscapes and travel to one of Saturn's moons.

Student tours of the exhibit are prearranged and will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. Public tours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. each day. There is no admission charge to tour the exhibit, which will be located outside the high school at 1254 Jefferson Ave.

The exhibit's visit to Memphis is the start of a weeklong, three-city tour of Tennessee. Other stops will include the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, April 6-7; and the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, April 10-11.

NASA staffers will be on hand at each of the tour's stops to answer questions and discuss some of the tens of thousands of technologies used on Earth as a result of 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 10 minutes. It can accommodate up to 144 visitors each hour.

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

http://www.nasa.gov



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