Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Janet Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

October 2, 2008
RELEASE : 08-047
Visionary 'NASA Exploration Experience' Exhibit to Visit Duluth in October as Part of 3-Stop State Tour
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 now touring Minnesota, and scheduled to visit Duluth October 9 - 11.

Hosted by the Great Lakes Aquarium, the NASA Exploration Experience traveling exhibit is intended to give visitors a vivid glimpse into the nation's ambitious future in space. "We're excited that visitors in our 6-state region will have the opportunity to have fun while learning about NASA's space exploration plans," said Howard Ross, acting director of External Programs at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio. "We hope the multimedia experience helps people better understand how the country plans to explore the moon and travel beyond in the next decade or so."

During its stay in Duluth, the exhibit is visiting the Great Lakes Aquarium, where outerspace will meet innerspace along the city's waterfront. NASA speakers and local divers will provide insights into some of the similar challenges that divers and astronauts face to survive in hostile environments. They will also review the important role water plays in weightlessness training.

The exhibit simulates a breathtaking visit to the first destination on America's new journey into the solar system: Earth's moon. "Interactive control panels and activity stations; immersive 3D imagery; and audio effects will plunge visitors into a not-too-distant future on the moon," said Shannon Ridinger, outreach coordinator at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. "They’ll discover what it will be like to live and work on the surfaces of other worlds, and how it will benefit life back home on Earth."

NASA staffers will be on hand 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 improves when America's space exploration activities refine existing technologies or develop new breakthroughs in areas such as power generation, computer technology, communications, networking and robotics," said Ridinger. "Visitors also can learn how other advanced technologies are increasing safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs."

Touring the 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.

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