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September 17, 2007

Kim Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Phone: 256-544-0034

Rebecca Strecker
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000


America's plans for opening the space frontier – including new human exploration of Earth's moon and future voyages to Mars and beyond – are featured in an interactive exhibit scheduled to tour Mississippi in September and October.

NASA's "Vision for Space Exploration Experience" traveling exhibit gives visitors a vivid glimpse into the nation's ambitious future in space.

The three-stop Mississippi tour kicks off Sept. 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Oxford, where the exhibit will be on display at the University of Mississippi School of Engineering.

The tour continues at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, Sept. 25-26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit's Mississippi tour ends at the University of Southern Mississippi's Science and Math and Astronomy departments in Hattiesburg, Oct. 1-3, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

NASA staffers will be available at each tour stop to answer questions and discuss some of the thousands of technologies used on Earth as a result of years of space-based research and development by the agency and its partners. Visitors also will see how other advanced technologies will increase safety and reliability of space transportation systems, while also reducing costs.

NASA's Stennis Space Center, located in Hancock County, Miss., will have representatives along with an exhibit about its role in NASA's mission to return to the moon. Established in the 1960s to test the rocket engines that carried the first astronauts to the moon, SSC today tests all the space shuttle's main engines. It is America's largest rocket engine test facility, as well as a unique federal city, home to more than 30 federal, state, academic and private organizations and numerous technology-based companies. SSC is making preparations to begin testing all the rocket engines for NASA's new spacecraft, the Ares I crew launch vehicle and the Ares V cargo launch vehicle. 

Touring the "Vision for Space Exploration Experience" exhibit is free and wheelchair-accessible.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the traveling exhibit for the agency's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C. For more information about NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, and Stennis Space Center, visit:



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