Why We Explore

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Why Do We Explore?

From the time of our birth, humans have felt a primordial urge to explore -- to blaze new trails, map new lands, and answer profound questions about ourselves and our universe.

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Exploration History

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This Month in Exploration

Visit every month to find out how aviation and space exploration have improved life for humans on Earth and in space.

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Conferences and Speeches

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Find past speeches and conference materials here!

Find past speeches and conference materials here!

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NASA Kids' Club

Overview

    Welcome to the ESMD Outreach page. ESMD is dedicated to informing and educating the public about NASA's plans to return humans to the moon and eventually beyond. You can use this website to read about our state tours, check out our exhibits, or even request a NASA speaker for your next event. We plan to return humans to the moon in 2020 and we want you to be part of it. Outreach coordinator speaks to students about the new NASA rockets.
     
    For more information about the ESMD Outreach program please email us: ESMD Outreach

Latest Outreach Articles

Florida State Tour – November 7 - 16, 2008

Florida Tour Nov 2008

The NASA Exploration Experience inspired, excited, and informed the public during its visit to Florida.

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Minnesota tour has stops in Northfield, Minneapolis, Du...

Watertown, SD – Students show off their NASA goodies while waiting in line to experience the Exploration exhibit.

Approximately 4,700 people turned out to tour the Exploration Experience exhibit during the two week long Minnesota State Tour.

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Iowa tour stops at Ames High School

AMES HIGH SCHOOL, AMES, IOWA, August 26 - 28

As the final stop of the Iowa State Tour, the NASA Exploration Experience pulled into Ames to visit both the community and a very special guest. Over the 3 day visit over 1,000 people toured the exhib...

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ESMD Outreach Exhibits

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    Interactive Constellation Experience

    The Interactive Constellation Experience allows visitors to virtually build and launch the Ares I and Ares V spacecraft — the next-generation launch vehicles that will take astronauts to the moon and eventually beyond.

  • Mini Interactive Constellation Experience

    Mini Interactive Constellation Experience (Mini-ICE)

    The Interactive Constellation Experience consists of a 50-inch LCD monitor and interactive software that allows visitors to virtually build and launch the Ares I and Ares V spacecraft, the next-generation launch vehicles that will take astronauts to the moon and eventually beyond.

  • Exploration Experience Traveling Exhibit

    NASA’s Exploration Experience Trailer

    NASA’s Exploration Experience begins with a simulated visit to the moon where explorers will build a lunar outpost and touch an actual moon rock. Visitors will also explore a virtual model of the moon, interacting with the lunar surface to learn about NASA’s research and future plans for exploration.

  • Cutaway model of the Ares I Crew Exploration Vehicle.

    Ares I Cutaway Model

    The 1:25 Ares I cutaway model details the inner workings of the Ares I crew launch vehicle.

  • Lunar Precursor Robotic Program exhibit

    Lunar Precursor Robotic Program

    The Lunar Precursor Robotic Program’s Interactive Lunar Exhibit allows visitors to learn about upcoming robotic missions to the moon.

Track Us As We Travel the USA!

  • Exhibit Map

    The NASA trailer has begun its 2008 State Tour!

Exploration Experience Preview

ESMD Calendar

Exploration 101

Outreach Related Sites

  • NASA City

    NASA Home and City

    Discover how space exploration impacts our lives.

  • NASA 101

    NASA 101

    A summary of NASA's many programs and projects.

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    NASA Speakers Bureau

    Think your event needs a NASA scientist or engineer to present or maybe even an astronaut appearance? Use these tools to make your requests.

Teacher's Corner

  • Education in Exploration

    ESMD Education

    Education in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

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