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August 16, 2006

Dryden Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone 661/276-3449
FAX 661/276-3566

Leslie Williams
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: (661) 276-3893

NASA'S Vision For Space Exploration Exhibit At The Antelope Valley Fair

Visitors to this year's Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster can take a journey into a virtual reality solar system where they can experience the future of space exploration in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration Experience exhibit.

Located near the main arena grandstands, The NASA exhibit will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and noon to 10 p.m. weekends during the fair's 11-day run, Aug. 25 through Sept. 4.

Housed in a 53-foot-long custom trailer, the Vision For Space Exploration Experience is an interactive traveling exhibit that uses holographic and 3D imagery to show "explorers" what it might be like to visit the surfaces of the moon, Mars, one of Saturn's moons and destinations beyond.

Visitors then prepare for the exciting journey ahead in the Experience Dome - a 136-square-foot hexagon-shaped, three-dimensional theater featuring a five-screen presentation on the Vision for Space Exploration. The dome's interior becomes a seamless floor-to-wall-to-ceiling window for a journey into our universe giving travelers the illusion of stepping on the surfaces of Earth, the moon and Mars.

At the journey's end, visitors will have the opportunity to create a lasting memento of their space exploration experience. At a kiosk, visitors will receive a photograph of themselves in an astronaut helmet with a moon or Mars landscape in the background. Guests will be able to insert their name into the caption, "One small step for NASA…one giant leap for 'Visitor's name' " The quote, a variation of astronaut Neil Armstrong's first words as he stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969, reflects NASA's Return to Flight message - "each flight is a step into the future."

Touring the Vision for Space Exploration exhibit takes approximately 10 minutes, accommodates up to 128 visitors each hour and is wheelchair accessible.

The exhibit enables NASA to spread knowledge of the Vision for Space Exploration at up to 50 events annually, reaching millions of Americans nationwide. For more information on NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, visit: http://www.exploration.nasa.gov/


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