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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-14-2006 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
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Learn about America’s Vision for Space Exploration, meet NASA's astronauts and view high-tech NASA aircraft at the 22nd annual Wings Over Houston Airshow Oct. 21-22 at Ellington Field in Houston.

On display at NASA’s exhibit tent will be a model of the next-generation ARES I rocket that will send future astronauts to orbit and a mockup of NASA’s human-like robot called Robonaut. Attendees of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of games to win NASA prizes.

This year, Wings Over Houston welcomes back the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. For the first time in U.S. history, the Thunderbird team includes a female pilot, flying Thunderbird 3.

NASA will have an exciting array of training, research and cargo aircraft on display, including:

  • A supersonic T-38 jet trainer used for spaceflight readiness training.
  • The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jet that carries the space shuttle orbiters piggyback to Florida if it lands in other locations.
  • The Shuttle Training Aircraft, an aircraft modified to imitate the flying characteristics of the shuttle during its approach and landing.
  • The WB-57 aircraft, a mid-wing, long-range aircraft used for high-altitude research missions.
  • The Super Guppy, a giant Boeing 377 cargo craft which opens its entire forward fuselage to transport huge segments of space hardware.
  • The C-9 aircraft that is used to fly a unique trajectory that creates periods of reduced gravity for training and experiments.
For information on Wings Over Houston, visit:

http://www.wingsoverhouston.com


Astronaut autograph sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the NASA tent.

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Rocket Town will also be exhibiting at the show. Please drop by and say hello!

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-22-2006 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Wings Over Houston Air Show has come and gone. A few updates and a few photos...

Requests submitted to NASA for the air show astronaut appearance schedule went unanswered, thus the event never appeared on Sightings, but for the record after the fact:

Saturday - Karen Nyberg, Jim Dutton, Ken Ham and Timothy Creamer
Sunday - Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Julie Payette and Paolo Nespoli

Here are a couple of photos of the NASA displays:

And for good measure, a few shots from today's Thunderbirds performance:

Thanks for everyone who stopped by the Rocket Town booth to say hello!

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