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April 15, 1999

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston TX

Release: J99-10

Capitol Exhibit Salutes Space Program’s Contributions to Life on Earth

For five days, the basement of the Capitol Rotunda will come alive with an inside look at life in space as NASA hosts a special exhibit from April 16-20.

Spacesuits, a look forward to planetary exploration, and space-driven technology will highlight the exhibit which will give visitors an inside look at the technology and imagination that allows men and women to fly in space. Demonstrations of the 400-pound spacesuit worn by astronauts when they venture outside the Space Shuttle or Space Station will show how these suits protect astronauts from the harsh environment of space, allowing them to perform tasks as varied as enhancing the Hubble Space Telescope or building the International Space Station.

Visitors also will see how technologies initially developed for the space program have become a part of everyday life here on Earth and how NASA is preparing for the future of humans in space exploration.

The NASA exhibit will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with NASA volunteers on hand to answer questions and share the excitement of the space program.


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