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NASA to Bring the Stars to Tennessee with Interactive Exploration Exhibit
Janet Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

News Release: 07-033

Visitors enter the Vision for Space Exploration Experience where they can virtually explore our universe without ever leaving the ground. Starting April 3, Tennessee residents can visit the stars without ever leaving the ground.

NASA is launching the Vision for Space Exploration Experience – an interactive traveling exhibit allowing visitors to slip the confines of Earth -- on a weeklong tour of select cities in Tennessee. Stops along the way include Memphis, Nashville and Murfreesboro.

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.

The first stop on the tour -- Memphis beginning April 3 -- brings together students who may be the future of NASA with exciting images of the future of space travel. The exhibit visits the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering. The Vision for Space Exploration Experience will be open for student tours April 3-4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT and will open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m.

Next, the Experience will travel to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville April 6 and 7, to show what the future may hold for human space travel. The exhibit will be located just outside the Science Center on Fort Negley Boulevard, and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The final stop on the tour is Murfreesboro, where the Discovery Center on Broad Street will host the exhibit April 10 and 11. The Experience is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

NASA staffers will be on hand at each of the tour's stops to answer questions and discuss some of the tens of thousands of technologies used on Earth as a result of 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 to support the Vision for Space Exploration. Visitors also will see how other advanced technologies will increase safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while reducing costs.

Touring the exhibit, which is wheelchair accessible, takes approximately 10 minutes and can accommodate up to 144 visitors each hour.

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

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