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Destination Station: Sharing the Wonders of YOUR International Space Station
February 12, 2014

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Destination Station is NASA's national awareness campaign to inform and energize the public about an orbiting laboratory 250 miles above Earth, known as the International Space Station. Destination Station promotes research opportunities, educates communities about activities performed on the space station, and communicates the real and potential benefits of space station research on our everyday lives.

In 2014, the campaign will be traveling to Los Angeles, Indianapolis and San Diego. In each city, representatives of the space station program, including NASA astronauts and scientists, will visit research facilities, colleges and universities, public venues and news and media outlets to create awareness about the benefits of and opportunities related to space station research and operations.   

As the nation’s only orbiting microgravity laboratory, the space station creates a unique opportunity for researchers to fly experiments to space and investigate pressing scientific matters without the influence of gravity. Since 1998, the space station has provided a unique microgravity environment for researchers to conduct biology and biotechnology, human health, Earth, space and physical science experiments, and advanced engineering and technology demonstrations, among a multitude of other investigations.

Considered one of the greatest technological, geopolitical and engineering achievements in history, the International Space Station is a collaborative effort between 15 nations. Destination Station will educate, enliven and enthrall the public about the wonders of YOUR International Space Station!

Find out more about Destination Station at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/news/destination_station.html.

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Campaign Activity Options

  • Astronaut presentations
    • if available, an astronaut who has recently flown to the space station will share information about their mission;
    • living/working/playing in space;
    • research or special topics upon request
  • Space station scientist presentations/meet and greets
    • scientific research and how to fly new investigations;
    • space station operations;
    • benefits of space station research for Earth and for future space exploration
  • Virtual appearances using Google+ Hangouts and Skype
    • NASA subject matter experts, such as flight directors, space suit experts, astronaut health and fitness experts, astronaut dieticians, and scientists at other NASA centers or NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • NASA film screenings
    • astronaut with space station experience could conduct a special presentation and Q&A with space station IMAX film;
    • mini-film festival with several NASA-related IMAX films (could include IMAX film director and/or narrator);
    • screen new NASA Benefits for Humanity film about the space station’s direct benefits to people on Earth
  • Education
    • NASA speakers who have experience interacting with children/students can be provided for special events at children’s’ museums or other kid-friendly venues;
    • hands-on demonstrations of items such as space food, space suit and gloves, and simple research activities;
    • use the film Gravity for interactive presentation
    • Virtual Science Symposium: a live broadcast by NASA experts about space station related topics
    • interactive activities that work well in a booth setting:
      • balloon astronaut: build a spacesuit for an astronaut using a balloon, with the idea of protection from space hazards and impact
      • end effector: use cups and string to build a working end effector, like what is used on the end of the CanadArm on the space station
      • food preparation: similar to making pudding, a rehydratable food, using mathematical calculations
      • high powered paper rockets: build and launch rockets
      • reference the L.A.B.S. guide for educators/students (http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/626225main_ISS_LABS_Guide.pdf)
      • teach-the-teacher event: could be done virtually using NASA educational resources/opportunities and the “Teach Station” module
  • Other Special Events
    • panel discussions with astronaut, scientists, NASA subject matter experts, etc. to interact with the public, followed by a meet and greet/reception/autograph-signing
    • NASA-themed social with specially-selected groups and specific topics
    • women who love science, technology, engineering, art and math event
  • Media and Promotions
    • media preview day
    • special promotions, such as members-only events at museums
    • media pitches:
      • astronaut and NASA scientist interviews
      • astronaut or NASA representative guided tour of exhibit
      • space food with possible tastings
      • demonstration of space suit/gloves
      • ties to the film Gravity
    • interview opportunity with current space station crew
    • virtual interview opportunity with astronaut/NASA employee at Johnson Space Center


Past Cities/Venues

  • Atlanta- Fernbank Science Center  
  • Boston- Museum of Science
  • Dayton, Ohio- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
  • Denver- Wings Over the Rockies Museum
  • Phoenix- Arizona Museum of Natural History
  • Raleigh/Research Triangle Park, North Carolina- Museum of Natural Sciences
  • San Francisco- The Tech Museum
  • Seattle- Pacific Science Center
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Page Last Updated: February 19th, 2014
Page Editor: Mark Garcia