EXPLORE SPACE WITHOUT LEAVING THE GROUND
John C. Stennis Space Center|
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
January 12, 2005
NASA is bringing the excitement of human spaceflight and the International Space Station to StenniSphere, the visitor center at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC). There, visitors will board the interactive exhibit, "Space Station Imagination," to catch a glimpse of how astronauts live and work in space.
Visitors may experience Space Station Imagination at StenniSphere from Jan. 12 through Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The exhibit is accessible to people with disabilities.
Space Station Imagination consists of two 48-foot modules linked in an L-shape to form two areas of the Space Station: the living quarters and the laboratory where experiments are performed. An animatronics "astronaut" greets visitors, and displays show how astronauts live and work aboard the Space Station. Using actual footage from the Space Station, video presentations entertain and inform viewers with the story of human space exploration and the International Space Station Program.
Coinciding with the interactive exhibit will be a visit to SSC by NASA Astronaut Michael Fincke on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Fincke, a member of the Expedition 9 crew that docked at the Space Station in April 2004, will speak to students about his stay aboard the Station. He spent six months aboard the Station, during which time he continued science operations, maintained Station systems and performed four spacewalks.
Fincke also became the first U.S. astronaut to celebrate the birth of his child while he orbited the Earth from 225 miles in space. The mission concluded with a safe landing on Oct. 23, 2004.
Returning the Space Shuttle to flight to complete the International Space Station is a critical step in fulfilling the Vision for Space Exploration, a journey that will take humans back to the Moon, and eventually to Mars and beyond. Experiments conducted on the Station can help us learn how to prepare astronauts and spacecraft for long-duration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
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