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Michael Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000

Feb. 1, 2005
Museum Visitors Invited to Take a "Journey Through Space"
'Space Journey,' an exciting, new exhibit showcasing NASA's numerous contributions to aeronautics and space flight, both past and present, will be featured soon at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.

Scheduled to open Feb. 8 and continue through Sept. 10, 2005, 'Space Journey' commemorates the centennial of powered, controlled flight that began on Dec. 17, 1903, with the historic flight by the Wright Brothers. It also highlights NASA's current and future space missions.

Anchored by a variety of displays provided by all of NASA's 10 field centers, the 9,000-square-foot 'Space Journey' is NASA's first major exhibition to be shown in the western region states of Idaho, Montana and Utah.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are a full-scale replica of the Apollo Command Module that was used in Universal Studio's 'Apollo 13' movie; a full-scale replica of the Mercury spacecraft; and an actual first-stage rocket engine similar to those that launched America's first orbital astronauts.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Laboratories provided 'Science in Orbit,' full-scale, walk-through mock-ups of the International Space Station and Russian Mir laboratories. It focuses on the science, engineering, physical and cultural challenges of conducting research in space.

NASA Ames Research Center, in California's Silicon Valley, contributed an authentic moon rock from the Apollo era, and a model of the Lunar Prospector spacecraft that was launched in 1998 and discovered water ice at both of the moon's polar regions.

NASA Headquarters contributed a major exhibit entitled 'Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering from NASA's Aeronautical Research,' which features more than 70 artifacts, some of which date back to NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. In addition to the historic displays, the exhibit features some of the latest research being conducted by NASA to make future air travel safer and more efficient, including advanced aircraft designed with 'morphing' wings, self-healing 'skins' and biologically inspired sensors to protect the environment.

Additional exhibits include a multi-axis trainer that simulates a space shuttle landing, a lunar rover model, a Skylab gyroscope, a nose cone, a space shuttle tile, and a $100 million Iridium satellite, one of only two on public display.

Also featured will be displays from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., including NASA's Project Prometheus, a project to develop the first nuclear reactor-powered spacecraft for deep-space missions; a half-scale replica of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft that entered martian orbit on Jan. 11, 2003; and a model of the Sojourner rover that landed on Mars on July 4, 1997, following a seven-month cruise through space. The exhibit also includes space suits and space food, a model of the Wright Flyer, a meteor display, and a display demonstrating how plants are grown in space.

In addition to NASA, exhibitors include Utah State University and the Space Dynamics Laboratory, both in Logan, Utah; the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.; the Space Museum, Titusville, Fla.; the Cosmosphere & Space Center, Hutchinson, Kan.; the Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and the Battelle Energy Alliance, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Museum of Idaho is located at 200 North Eastern Ave., at the corner of Broadway and Yellowstone Highway, in Idaho Falls. Additional information about the exhibit, including exhibit hours and ticket prices, is available at the Museum of Idaho Web site at:

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