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For release: 05/27/04
Release #: 04-154  

NASA's futuristic Starship 2040 to visit Princeton, N.J., June 4-5 for 'The Rocket Fete' at University Medical Center at Princeton

NASA's futuristic space transportation exhibit — Starship 2040 — will travel to Princeton, N.J., June 4-5 to participate in the University Medical Center at Princeton's Annual June Fete. Starship 2040 will bring the Vision for Space Exploration to festival-goers, and offer them a glimpse of what future space travel may be like.

NASA's futuristic Starship 2040 - a traveling space transportation exhibit that gives visitors a look at space flight technology as it might exist 40 years from now - will visit Princeton, N.J., June 4-5, during the 51st Annual June Fete at the University Medical Center.

Starship 2040's visit to this event ties to the festival's theme, "The Rocket Fete." The two-day event will feature entertainment, a fun run for children, games, food, an auction, an amateur rocket contest and a "Moondance" dinner dance.

The Starship exhibit will offer visitors a glimpse into a very possible future - one in which humans will travel and work in space as safely, affordably and routinely as we now navigate the skies.

Starship 2040 will be open to the public from 6-8 p.m. EDT Friday, June 4, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 5. The exhibit is handicapped accessible and admission is free.

Former astronaut Story Musgrave, who has flown 1,281 hours in space, will attend the event and sign autographs. He flew on the Space Shuttle missions STS-6 in 1983, STS-33 in 1989, STS-44 in 1991, STS-61 in 1993 and STS-80 in 1996.

Visitors boarding Starship 2040 will learn about the Vision for Space Exploration, which will return humans to the Moon, where they will lay the groundwork for exploration missions to Mars and beyond.

"This exhibit ties to the Vision for Space Exploration," said John Dumoulin, exhibits manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., which manages the exhibit. "We want to share this exciting plan with America, and Starship 2040 is one way to do that."

Visitors move through full-sized control, passenger and engineering compartments, where audio effects - engine noises, computer and crew conversations - add to the ambience of the experience.

All the innovations suggested aboard the exhibit - automated vehicle health monitoring systems, high-energy propulsion drive, navigational aids and emergency and safety systems - are based on concepts and technologies now being studied at NASA centers and academic and industry partner institutions around the nation.

While touring Starship 2040 and talking with NASA experts staffing the exhibit, visitors will learn about technologies now being investigated by NASA and its partner organizations to increase the safety and reliability of space transportation systems while dramatically lowering costs. Such progress could make space travel safe and affordable enough for routine flights just a few decades from now.

For more information about NASA's Starship 2040 exhibit on the Internet, visit:

For more information about the Vision for Space Exploration visit:

For more information:
News release
Starship 2040 Web site

Brandon Boone
Public Affairs Office
(256) 544-0034

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