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For Release: April 5, 2001

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office


New Facility Gets in Touch with Reality-Virtual Reality

WHAT:           Ribbon cutting and demonstration of the new GRUVE Lab (Glenn Reconfigurable User Interface and Virtual Reality Exploration Laboratory)
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10
      Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Demonstrations - 9 to 10 a.m.
      Additional Demonstrations/Interviews -10 a.m. to noon
WHERE: NASA Glenn Research Center, Research Analysis Center, Building 142
WHY: The GRUVE Lab will enable the users to be immersed in a virtual environment created through computer imaging featuring a RAVE (Reconfigurable Advanced Visualization Environment). The facility is unique in that the RAVE can be reconfigured into three distinctly different shapes. This allows researchers and scientists to observe data up close to examine details, to see the whole picture at a distance, or to be immersed in the data to explore detailed patterns or simulate how a potential experiment would be manipulated in space.

Media representatives interested in attending the ribbon cutting and demonstration or scheduling demonstrations/interviews later in the morning are requested to call Sally Harrington at 216/433-2037 or the Media Relations Office at 216/433-2901 for security clearance

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