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Nashville Will Travel Among the Stars With NASA's Interactive Space Exploration Exhibit April 6-7
04.03.07
 
Janet Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256/544-0034

News Release: 07-038


Visitors enter the Vision for Space Exploration Experience where they can virtually explore our universe without ever leaving the ground. Nashville, Tenn., area residents will soon have the opportunity to walk on the moon.

On April 6 and 7, NASA is bringing to the Adventure Science Center its Vision for Space Exploration Experience -- an interactive traveling exhibit allowing visitors to slip the confines of Earth. The office of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee coordinated the visit.

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.

Tours of the exhibit for students and the public will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. There is no admission charge to tour the exhibit, which will be located outside the science center at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. However, there is an admission charge for the science center.

The exhibit's visit to Nashville is part of a weeklong, three-city tour of Tennessee, which began in Memphis on April 3. The exhibit also is scheduled to visit Murfressboro 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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