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Birmingham To Host NASA's Interactive Space Exploration Experience April 20-23
Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 06-049

Birmingham, Ala., may be known as the Magic City, but it will be NASA technology, not magic, that allows residents to explore the solar system April 20-23.

NASA is bringing to the McWane Science Center its Vision for Space Exploration Experience -- a traveling exhibit allowing visitors to slip the confines of Earth.

The Experience uses holographic and 3D imagery to show "explorers" what it might be like to visit the surfaces of the moon, Mars and destinations beyond. Visitors can manipulate their environment and explore simulated lunar and Martian landscapes as well as travel to one of Saturn's moons, free of charge.

The science center features hands-on science activities, an aquarium, fossil lab and IMAX theater. To explore outer space, visitors of all ages can venture into the NASA exhibit, where they will learn about travel to other heavenly bodies and the future of space exploration.

Free tours of the exhibit, to be located just outside the McWane Center, will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20-21 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22-23.

The visit will be the final stop of a month-long, multi-city tour of the state. The tour kicked off in Mobile April 6, and also visited Tuskegee April 10-12, and Montgomery April 14-15 and 17-18.

NASA experts will be on hand to answer questions and discuss some of the 30,000 technologies used on Earth as a result of NASA's years of space-based research and development. Visitors can learn how tomorrow's lifestyles will change as NASA develops advancements in power, computer technologies, communications, networking and robotics. Visitors also will see how other advanced technologies will increase safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

Touring the exhibit, which is wheelchair accessible, takes approximately 15 minutes. It can accommodate up to 128 visitors each hour. The exhibit enables NASA to spread knowledge of the Vision for Space Exploration at up to 50 events annually, reaching millions of Americans nationwide.

For more information on NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, visit: