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NASA to Bring the Moon, Mars Experience to Sedalia, Mo., Aug. 11-21
Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Alabama
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media Advisory: 05-135

Experience a journey to the Moon, Mars and beyond when NASA brings its new interactive exhibit -- the Vision for Space Exploration Trailer -- to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 11-21, 2005.

The experience is intended to carry visitors' imaginations rocketing to the farthest reaches of the solar system, and inspire space enthusiasts as they embark on a simulated journey into space.

Housed in a 53-foot-long tractor and trailer rig, the Vision for Space Exploration exhibit is designed to share with visitors the Vision to return to the Moon and travel to Mars and beyond.

The Vision for Space Exploration Trailer will be open to the public during fair hours, Aug. 11-14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Aug. 15-18 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is handicapped accessible.

While taking the exhibit journey and talking with experts, visitors will learn about technologies now being investigated and developed by NASA and its partners in industry, academia and other government agencies. Attendees also will learn how tomorrow's lifestyles will change as NASA develops advancements in power, computer and medical technologies, communications, networking and robotics. In addition, visitors will learn how other advanced technologies will increase the safety and reliability of space transportation systems while also reducing costs.

Visitors who enter the Vision for Space Exploration Trailer will begin their journey surrounded by stars and planets. Surfaces of the Moon and Mars will encompass the space voyagers. Holographic video screens create floating images, allowing visitors to use hand motions to learn about places on the surfaces of the Moon and Mars.

Visitors then prepare for the exciting journey ahead in the Experience Dome -- a 136-square-foot hexagon-shaped, three-dimensional theater featuring a five-screen presentation on the Vision for Space Exploration. The Dome's interior becomes a seamless floor-to-wall-to-ceiling window for a journey to other-worldly destinations. Explorers travel virtually through space and fully experience environments in other parts of our solar system -- giving them the illusion of stepping on the surfaces of Earth, the Moon and Mars.

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