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Katherine K. Martin
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland

Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

October 10, 2007
RELEASE : 07-040
NASA's 'Vision for Space Exploration Experience' Exhibit to Tour Indiana in October
Cleveland -- America's plans for opening the space frontier - including new human exploration of Earth's moon and future voyages to Mars and beyond - are featured in an interactive exhibit scheduled to tour Indiana this month.

NASA's "Vision for Space Exploration Experience" traveling exhibit gives a vivid glimpse into the nation's ambitious future in space.

The 3-stop Indiana tour kicks off October 15 in South Bend, where the exhibit will be on display at Adams High School. The tour continues at the Evansville Museum of History and Science in Evansville from October 20 - 22; and Purdue University in West Lafayette from October 26 - 29.

"The multimedia experience demonstrates how space exploration fosters inspiration, innovation and discovery creating a better future for all of us," said Outreach Coordinator Shannon Ridinger, from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

"The exhibit simulates a grand, soaring journey across the solar system, with breathtaking stops on the moon and Mars," said John M. Hairston Jr., director of external programs at NASA's Glenn Research Center.

"Interactive, simulated holographic control panels; immersive 3D imagery; and audio effects will plunge visitors into a not-too-distant future, where they'll discover what it might be like to live and work on the surfaces of other worlds, and fly through space to study the outer planets and their moons," Hairston added.

NASA staffers will be available at each tour stop to answer questions and discuss some of the thousands of technologies used on Earth as a result of years of space-based research and development by the agency and its partners.

"Exhibit visitors can learn how quality of life will change as America continues to refine existing technologies and develop new breakthroughs in power, computer technologies, communications, networking and robotics," said Ridinger. Visitors also will see how other advanced technologies will increase safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

Touring the "Vision for Space Exploration Experience" takes approximately 10 minutes. The exhibit is free and wheelchair accessible.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., manages the traveling exhibit for the agency's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington. NASA's Glenn Research Center is responsible for NASA's external programs within a six state area that includes Indiana.

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


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