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NASA's 50th Anniversary

NASA will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on October 1, 2008. Join us as we celebrate the past and look forward to a promising new era of inspiration, innovation, and discovery.

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Iowa State Tour – August 13 - 28, 2008

ESMD 2008 Trailer Tour in Iowa IOWA SWEET CORN FESTIVAL:

WEST POINT, IOWA, August 7-10 - Under clear skies in a town that has a population of fewer than 1,000, the NASA Exploration Experience opened its doors August 7-10, 2008 to visitors of the 56th annual West Point, Iowa Sweet Corn Festival.

Approximately 2,400 people toured the exhibit over the course of its four-day stay during the festival, which was named one of the Travel Channel's top ten places to visit during its "Taste of America" tour of 2007.

On Sunday, August 10, 2008 Iowa Representative Dave Loebsack visited the NASA Exploration Experience to thank us for visiting West Point and was genuinely excited to see NASA at such an "out of the way place".

MSFC film crew interviews Iowa Representative Dave Loebsack
West Point, IA – MSFC film crew interviews Iowa Representative Dave Loebsack during the 56th Annual West Point Sweet Corn Festival.
NASA staffers at the 56th Annual West Point Sweet Corn Festival
West Point, IA – NASA Exploration Experience staffers at the 56th Annual West Point Sweet Corn Festival celebrate a successful visit to the area by eating some sweet corn.

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CORALVILLE, IOWA, August 13-15 – The next stop on the Iowa tour was the Iowa Children’s Museum in Coralville. Approximately 2,010 people stopped by during the three-day tour, including distinguished visitor, Deb Dunkhase, Executive Director of the museum.

NASA educator John Weis spoke to over 160 people about NASA’s plans for the future. He also performed hands-on activities with children inside the museum. NASA’s Marshall TV filmed the entire week and also shot footage of John Weis speaking to visitors inside the museum.

Exploration Experience in Coralville, IA
Coralvillle, Iowa – NASA staffer Linda Gomez speaks with enthusiastic visitors waiting to experience the Exploration exhibit.
NASA educator John Weis conducts hands-on activities at the Iowa children’s Museum.
Coralville, Iowa – NASA educator John Weis conducts hands-on activities with children visiting the Iowa children’s Museum.
Trailer visitors wait to have their pictures taken on simulated Moon and Mars backdrops
Coralville, Iowa – The Exploration Experience exhibit visited the Iowa Children’s Museum August 13-15, 2008. Pictured are visitors waiting in line to have their photo made on the moon or Mars.
Two you children pose for pictures on simulated moon.
Coralville, Iowa – Two “explorers” get their picture made on the moon after visiting the Exploration exhibit.

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AMES, IOWA, August 26 - 28 - As the final stop of the Iowa State Tour, the NASA Exploration Experience pulled into Ames to visit both the community and a very special guest. Over the 3 day visit over 1,000 people toured the exhibit and got a taste of NASA’s plans to return man to the moon.

“We were particularly excited to come to Ames as it is the home of Kristina Johnson, winner of the 2008 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition in the 15-18 year old category,” said Rocky Lind, NASA ESMD Information and Communications Coordinator. Kristina continued her winning formula as she used her time at the exhibit to take B roll for her upcoming project featuring the NASA Exploration Experience stopping at her school.

The Ames community was also treated to presentations by NASA Educator John Weis, who spoke to 24 classes and a total of 760 students over his two days in this beautiful city located just 30 miles north of Des Moines.

As a special treat, NASA EDGE made an appearance, featuring Kristina as a Co-host for a future episode and thus making her the youngest Co-host in NASA EDGE history. “She is a natural. I think I may have found Blair’s replacement if he ever accomplishes becoming the first medianaut,” noted Chris Giersch, Host of NASA EDGE.

The Exploration Experience will next be heading north in October to visit communities in Minnesota and South Dakota.

To see where the Exploration Experience has been and where it is going check out the new mapping feature: ESMD Outreach Exhibit Locations.

For more information on NASA EDGE visit:

Ames High School students learn to work interactive table.
Ames High School – students from Ames High School listen to MSFC’s OC Kristina Hendrix explain how to work the interactive table in the Exploration Experience trailer.
Ames High School Earth Science students wait to enter the exhibit.
Ames High School – A group of Earth Science students patiently waiting to enter the NASA exhibit.
NASA Edge in front of the trailer
Ames High School – NASA EDGE co-host Blair Allen and Chris Giersch interview Pod Cast competition winner Kristina Johnson a junior at Ames High School.
Kristina Johnson tapes a news show spotlighting the NASA exhibits visit to Ames High School.
Ames High School – Kristina Johnson and her co-host tape a news show spotlighting the NASA exhibits visit to Ames High School.

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