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November 3, 1997

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5914

Release: J97-33

Business, Community, and Education Leaders Invited to Explore NASA’s Research and Technical Applications

The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Nov. 12-14 will host "Inspection 97", a unique opportunity for business, education and community leaders to examine the technology and facilities behind the human space flight program. Over 185 exhibits, tours, and technology demonstrations will be featured in 22 different facilities where visitors can meet and talk directly with NASA engineers and scientists about their work.

The goal of Inspection 97 is to provide an opportunity for people outside the space program to explore potential applications of NASA/JSC technologies and processes to fit their needs. At the same time, visitors bring knowledge of work and research that may be applicable to the space program.

Inspection 97 showcases the Shuttle program, International Space Station program, Space Station Mir activities, Mars studies and the advanced space age technologies and expertise that make human space flight possible.

Key figures in research and technology begin each day’s events with short talks about JSC and valuable applications of its technologies and capabilities. Opening speakers include Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Chancellor Emeritus, and Dr. Bobby Alford, Executive Vice President and Dean of Medicine, both of the Baylor College of Medicine. Daily auditorium programs include presentations by astronauts and technical managers about new technologies, possible life on Mars, Apollo missions to the moon, future missions to the moon and Mars, and international aspects of space. Business and technical leaders from a variety of non-aerospace industries such as petroleum, chemical, energy, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, medical, and engineering should find valuable applications of NASA’s work.

Visitors and NASA staff can conduct in-depth discussions about their work on a selection of technical areas including command and control operations, communications and microwave technology, medical and human life support, virtual reality and robotics, engineering design and analysis, computer and software technologies, materials and processes, aircraft technologies, and Earth and planetary sciences.

An example of applications of NASA technology and expertise, the ultra violet protection suit recently featured on CNN and ABC will be on display. Through collaboration between JSC engineers and several organizations, this suit has been developed for use by people with Polymorphic Light Reaction Syndrome, a rare birth defect characterized by extreme allergy to light that causes the skin to break out in rashes and blisters. See NASA News Release J97-30 for more information on this application of NASA technology.

The bioreactor project, led by JSC, is another NASA technology on display at I97. The bioreactor, by growing three dimensional human tissue, can improve testing for sensitivity to chemotherapy and hormonal therapy involved in treatment of breast and ovarian cancer.

Chairman of the Inspection 97, Dr. Doug Blanchard, encourages those in the target audience to register soon for the Inspection. Blanchard explains the Inspection’s popularity, "Visitors find real value in discussing and considering applying our processes to their challenges. With its combination of corporate executives, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and technical specialists in attendance, the Inspection creates a remarkably fertile technical environment for new ideas, new concepts, and new initiatives."

All exhibits, tours, and demonstrations will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 13, and 14. Onsite registration begins each day at 7:30 a.m. Those interested in pre-registering may do so by visiting the I97 Internet registration site at or calling Sylvia Stottlemeyer at 281-244-1316.

EDITORS NOTE: On November 10 beginning at 1:00 p.m., news media will be given a preview of selected research, technologies, and facilities featured in I97. Media representatives interested in attending the preview should contact Doug Peterson at 281-483-5914.


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