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Michael Mewhinney                                                                            April 13, 2004

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                                       

Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000



NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS:  News media representatives are invited to attend a preview of the NASA exhibit at WIRED NextFest on Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT, to see the technologies on display prior to their opening to the general public.  NextFest will be held May 15-16 in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.  Media credentials and further information about WIRED NextFest are available from Devon McMahon, PR 21, 415/369-8110.


Cutting-edge NASA research and technology will be featured May 14-16 at WIRED

NextFest, a festival showcasing more than 100 innovative exhibits highlighting the future of design, entertainment, exploration, health, the home, security, and transportation.

Sponsored by General Electric and Wired magazine, WIRED NextFest will be held at the 50,000-square-foot Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.

Featured in the NASA exhibit will be several displays, including technologies representing space exploration, personal exploration rovers, personal satellite assistants, a full-scale model of the Mars Exploration Rover, a model of the scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine-powered hypersonic X-43 aircraft, a display of "power beaming," a futuristic concept that uses lasers to beam energy to an aircraft so it doesn't need to carry fuel; a video and display of sub-vocal voice recognition technology and an authentic Moon rock collected during one of NASA's Apollo missions.

On Saturday, May 15, at 5 p.m. PDT, NASA Space Architect Gary Martin and Dr. James Luyten, Executive Vice President and Director of Research for The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will participate in a panel discussion entitled "The Future, Above and Below: A Conversation with Two Pioneers in Space and Deep-Sea Exploration."

Further information about WIRED NextFest is available at:



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