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LaunchFest -- Media
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Baltimore, D.C. Media Invited to Sneak Peek of NASA's 'LaunchFest' at Goddard, Sept. 11, 10:00 a.m.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will open its doors September 13 so the public may learn about the more than 12 missions Goddard is launching in the year ahead. Media are invited to a sneak peek on Thursday morning, September 11, to see the festivities and learn about the exciting missions as preparations are being finalized. This is the first time in four years that Goddard has invited the public inside its gates.

What: Sneak Peek at LaunchFest

When: 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Where: The Visitor Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

LaunchFest will feature engaging exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Themes include:

  • “Exploration” -- focus is on NASA’s space exploration and science activities; this pod will highlight Goddard’s missions in the areas of Planetary, Astrophysics, Astronomy and Heliophysics.
  • “Technology” -- focus is on our engineers and technology; including spin-off technology.
  • “Green” -- focus is on NASA’s Earth science research and our contributions to better understanding our changing planet.
  • “People” -- focus is on the people who work at Goddard. We will highlight the many skills and talents that NASA needs to accomplish its various missions, and outline the courses that students should take to pursue a career with NASA.
  • “Other Activities” -- Contests and interactive demonstrations at the Visitor’s Center and the Recreation Center. Activities targeted at K-12 and "Generation Y" students.
    Tents on the Goddard mall will house vendors offering food, refreshments and entertainment.

    For media inquiries, please contact:

    Rob Gutro
    LaunchFest Media Team Lead


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