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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office

June 5, 2007
RELEASE : 07-015
NASA to Bring the Stars to Michigan With Interactive Exploration Exhibit
Cleveland -- Starting June 8, Michigan residents can visit the stars without ever leaving the ground.

NASA is launching the Vision for Space Exploration Experience - an interactive traveling exhibit allowing visitors to slip the confines of Earth - on a June tour of select cities in Michigan. Stops along the way include Lansing, Canton and Detroit.

The first stop on the tour - Lansing, beginning June 8 - brings the 53-foot long custom trailer to the Impression 5 Science Center. The Vision for Space Exploration Experience will be open to Science Center visitors on June 8, 9 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on June 10 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Next the Experience will travel to the Liberty Festival in Canton, Mich., on June 15 and 16, to show what the future may hold for human space travel. The exhibit will be open to the public from 1 to 9 p.m. each day and will be located at Heritage Park, 46000 Summit Parkway.

The exhibit's final stop on the tour in Michigan is a visit to Detroit, where the Detroit Science Center will host the exhibit from June 19 through 22. The Experience will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 19, 20 and 21, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 22.

The Experience uses holographic and 3D imagery to show "explorers" what it might be like to visit the surfaces of the moon, Mars and destinations beyond. Visitors can manipulate their environment and explore simulated lunar and Martian landscapes as well as travel to one of Saturn's moons.

Visitors begin their visit to the Experience with a simulated journey to the farthest reaches of the solar system, while being informed about NASA's plans for space exploration for the next 25 years.

The Experience Dome, the second part of the exhibit, is a 136-square-foot hexagon-shaped, three dimensional theater featuring a five-screen presentation on the Vision for Space Exploration and the many ways life on Earth has benefited from the space program. 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 have the opportunity to create a lasting memento of their space exploration experience - a photograph of themselves in an astronaut helmet with a moon or Mars landscape in the background. Guests are able to insert their name into the caption, "One small step for giant leap for (visitor's name)." The quote is a variation of astronaut Neil Armstrong's first words as he stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969.

NASA staffers will be on hand at each of the tour's stops to answer questions and discuss some of the tens of thousands of technologies used on Earth as a result of years of space-based research and development. 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 and can accommodate up to 144 visitors each hour, takes approximately 10 minutes.

For more information on NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, visit:


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