Explore with NASA at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in the Nation's Capital
NASA will be a major exhibitor at the USA Science and Engineering Festival being held in Washington, D.C., this weekend. The Festival, which is free and open to the public, runs 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. EDT. Sat., Oct. 23, and Sun., Oct. 24. The NASA exhibits are located on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets, NW (directly in front of the National Museum of Natural History) and on the south side of Freedom Plaza between 13th and 14th Streets, NW.
From human space flight to aeronautics research, and from scientific study in the far reaches of the universe to our own planet's systems:
- Have you ever wondered how the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, work? Here’s your chance to find out from the experts. You can even lie down on our Martian terrain and let a robotic rover amble its way across your back!
- Did you know that the Sun is the center of our solar system and is 93 million miles away from Earth? Even from that distance, its intensity can cause eye damage if you look directly at it. But NASA has a solution. Come and take a safe peek at Earth’s “SuperStar” through special solar telescopes.
- Do you remember learning ROYGBIV – the colors of the rainbow or electromagnetic spectrum? Many of NASA's observatories use the infrared part of that spectrum to make scientific discoveries. Do you want to understand how that works? See your image taken with our special infrared camera, then pop an ice cube in your mouth or hold a cold drink in your hand – what a difference you will see!
- Would you to meet a cartoon character who is mysterious and fun? Alkina’s ready to talk to you! She can share the intrigue of gamma rays, black holes, dark matter and other spooky things – just in time for Halloween.
- Guess what? Stars have stages of life just like we do. Stop by our Astro Camp booth to explore that concept using simple craft objects like string and beads.
These are just a few of the many different things you can learn by visiting the NASA booths at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. Rocket scientists, engineers and team members from NASA’s education and outreach programs will be on hand to help you become part of our exciting missions!
The Festival is also serving as a culminating event for NASA Education's successful 2010 Summer of Innovation pilot program, which reached more than 75,000 middle-schoolers during its inaugural year. Interactive NASA and SOI displays and exhibits will offer kids and parents alike the opportunity for hands-on experiences in our scientific and engineering missions and learn how you can be involved in the 2011 Summer of Innovation.
Imagine it. Explore it. Do it. Who knows what you'll discover?
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