Rob Wyman
NASA Langley Research Center

Erica Cohen / Aik Wye Ng
Eventi Hotel
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RELEASE : 11-071
STS-135 Crew to Kickoff Public Outreach Event in New York City
NEW YORK -- The crew of STS-135, NASA's final space shuttle mission, will welcome New Yorkers and visitors at a free NASA public outreach event Wednesday, Aug. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Eventi Hotel's Plaza here.

Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim will discuss the final mission flown aboard the shuttle Atlantis, as well as future plans for human spaceflight. They will also be available to sign autographs.

During the 13-day STS-135 mission, the crew delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, spare equipment and other supplies in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module -- including 2,677 pounds of food -- that will sustain operations on the International Space Station for the next year. The 21-foot long, 15-foot diameter Raffaello brought back nearly 5,700 pounds of unneeded materials from the station.

The "What's Your Favorite Space?" public event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eventi Hotel Plaza, located at Avenue of the Americas between 29th Street and 30th Streets. The outdoor plaza will be transformed into a miniature space outpost filled with displays including an inflatable Mars Rover, demonstrations, interactive exhibits, video segments, children's activities and more.

NASA's message to visitors is simple: The final shuttle mission brings to a close a remarkable chapter in America's history in space and ushers in the next extraordinary installment in our nation's story of exploration. NASA has begun a reinvigorated exploration, innovation and technology development program that promises to lead humans and robots to an array of challenging destinations including asteroids, Mars, and the far planets.

Preview those destinations at the Eventi Hotel through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope and the scientific satellites that are the precursors to journeys beyond low-Earth orbit and into deep space.

To learn more about where NASA's been and where we're going, visit "What's Your Favorite Space?" event at the Eventi Hotel on Aug. 17.

For more information on NASA's future exploration efforts, visit:, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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