Amy Johnson
Media Invited to See Large-Scale Mock-Up of Astronaut Escape System
HAMPTON -- What's 45 feet (13.7 m) long, looks like a rocket and will be traveling on a flatbed trailer to Hampton this weekend?

If you answered, a full-scale mock-up of NASA's Orion launch abort system (LAS), then you are correct.

Also known as the LAS pathfinder, the hardware, which was built at NASA Langley, was used in preparation of the successful launch abort system flight test, called Pad Abort 1, at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on May 6. Langley is leading development of the Orion LAS, which offers a safe, reliable method of pulling the entire crew away from danger in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during climb to orbit.

Now on a cross-country trek, the LAS pathfinder will stop in Hampton for EarthFest as it makes its way to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where it will be used in future space operations.
What: The public and media are invited to view the LAS pathfinder
When: 2010 EarthFest, Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton
Who: NASA engineers will be present to inform and excite the public about space exploration
Media interested in attending the event are encouraged to contact Amy Johnson at 757-864-7022. Video of the pathfinder is available for news media.

Hosted by NASA Langley, The City of Hampton and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), EarthFest is a free event that focuses on amazing things about our planet and the challenges we face in preserving it.

For more information and directions to Sandy Bottom Nature Park, go to:

To view the Pad-Abort 1 flight test, go to:

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