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NASA to Bring Moon, Mars Experience to Henrietta, N.Y., July 13-17
Mike Braukus
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202.358.1979)

Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
News Release: 05-106

Experience a "journey" to the Moon and Mars when NASA brings its interactive exhibit -- the Exploration Dome -- to the Monroe County Fair in Henrietta, N.Y., July 13-17.

The Dome is intended to carry visitors' imaginations to the farthest reaches of our Solar System, as they embark on a "journey" into space.

The 95-square-foot hexagon-shaped exhibit will share NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, which is to return to the Moon and travel to Mars and beyond in the next 20 years. While taking the "journey" in the Exploration Experience Dome and talking with NASA experts at the exhibit, visitors will learn about technologies now being investigated and developed by NASA and its partners in industry, academia and other government agencies.

Visitors will learn that their lifestyles of tomorrow will change as NASA develops advancements in power, computing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, communications, networking and robotics. Visitors also will see how other advanced technologies will increase the safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

People who enter the Dome will find themselves in a three-dimensional theater, featuring a five-screen presentation. Hidden video projectors are mounted throughout the structure, turning the dome's interior into a seamless floor-to-wall-to-ceiling display of other worldly destinations. This allows "explorers" to see themselves in space and fully experience environments in other parts of our Solar System -- giving them the illusion of stepping on various surfaces of Earth, the Moon and Mars.

The Exploration Experience Dome will be open to the public during fair hours: 4-10 p.m. July 13; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 14-15; and noon to 11 p.m. July 16-17. The dome is handicapped accessible.

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