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

June 14, 2006
NASA Interactive Space Exploration Exhibit To Visit Montana
NASA’s future plans for space exploration, including the moon and Mars, are featured in a new exhibit coming this month to Montana.

As a result of the combined efforts of the Louis and Clark in the Rockies Festival and the Inland Northwest Space Alliance, NASA is presenting a new, interactive traveling exhibit called The Vision for Space Exploration Experience that allows visitors to view the stars and other planets without having to leave the confines of the Earth. The exhibit will visit the Lewis and Clark in the Rockies Festival June 22 to June 25 at the Southgate Mall in Missoula, Mont. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT each day.

The new exhibit trailer includes a ‘cosmic waiting area’ where visitors will learn what they will need to travel to the moon and Mars. After the ‘training session,’ video screens display virtual models of the moon and Mars, allowing visitors to learn about their surfaces, the history of NASA’s research on each of them and future plans for exploration.

The second section of the trailer features a hexagonal theater that introduces visitors to NASA’s plan to return to the moon to create a working environment that will help ensure safer, more effective future exploration further into the solar system. Highlighted are NASA-inspired technologies that have led to the improvement of the quality of life on Earth.

Following the stop in Missoula, the new exhibit travels to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Mont., June 28 to July 1. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT June 28 to June 30, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT on July 1.

From July 3 to July 5, the exhibit will be featured at the 4th of July Festival in Laurel, Mont. The exhibit will be open from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. MDT on July 3 and July 4 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT on July 5.

The exhibit’s final stop on the Montana tour will be July 13 to July 15 at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT all days.

NASA experts will be available at each tour stop to answer questions and discuss some of the 30,000 technologies used on Earth as a result of NASA’s years of space-based research and development. Exhibit visitors can learn how tomorrow’s lifestyles will change as NASA develops advancements in power, computer technologies, communications, networking and robotics. Visitors also will see how other advanced technologies will increase safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

Touring the exhibit, which is wheelchair accessible, takes approximately 15 minutes and can accommodate up to 128 visitors each hours. The new exhibit enables NASA to provide information about the Vision for Space Exploration throughout the nation at as many as 50 events annually, potentially reaching millions of Americans nationwide.

For more information about NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration, visit:


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