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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-12-2008 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Johnson Space Center's newest traveling exhibit debuted Thursday, June 12, 2008, in front of Space Center Houston, where it will stay for the next few days.

It will then journey around the nation to showcase NASA's exploration story. The exhibit is described as taking visitors "on an imaginary spacewalk down memory lane that eventually leads them to the future of space exploration."

Upon entering the exhibit, the experience begins by showcasing the early days of the shuttle program, followed by the progress of the International Space Station.

The display concludes with the Constellation Program and its next generation spacecraft designed to explore the moon and beyond.

Visitors not only learn why NASA is going back to the moon and how, but will have the opportunity to touch a 3 billion year old moon rock brought back aboard Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon.

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Do you know if and when NASA plans to provide a schedule and list of locations the exhibit will visit?

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posted 06-13-2008 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The next stop scheduled is the Dallas Summer Balloon Classic, June 20-22 in Texas.

According to NASA, these first few events (Space Center Houston, Dallas) are meant to test the exhibit with audiences and as such the outgoing schedule is still in planning.

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Here are a few pics of the exhibit from its stop at the Science Museum Oklahoma.

The traveling touchstone will next be at the Will Rogers Airport on May 9-10, and then the University of Oklahoma campus from May 11-12.

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Anyone seen a schedule yet (beyond Oklahoma)?

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Per NASA, at this time, the tour (beyond Oklahoma) has yet to be finalized. I will be back in touch with the appropriate office next week to see if I can learn more.

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I had asked the attending personnel what the schedule was beyond Tuesday and was told they were returning to Houston for a month or possibly longer.

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NASA release
Touch the Moon in Yuma Next Month

Arizonans will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock in early January at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit. Driven to Explore offers a look at America's program to return humans to the moon and travel beyond.

The exhibit will be located at the Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center in Yuma, Ariz., on Wednesday, Jan. 6 through Thursday, Jan. 7. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MST, daily.

The centerpiece of Driven to Explore is the opportunity to touch a lunar rock sample picked up on the moon and brought to Earth by the astronauts of Apollo 17 in 1972, America's last human mission to the moon. The nearly 4-billion-year-old rock is one of only seven lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch and feel.

Driven to Explore allows visitors to see models of the new Constellation Program's rockets and crew exploration vehicle that NASA is developing and to learn how and why America will return to the moon.

NASA has conducted over two dozen tests at the U.S. Army's Proving Ground in Yuma to support the design and development of the Orion crew exploration vehicle's and the Ares I crew launch vehicle's first stage parachute recovery systems. More than twenty tests are planned over the next five years.

The exhibit also details the accomplishments of the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

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NASA release
Touch the Moon in Las Cruces This Month

New Mexicans have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock in January at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit. Driven to Explore offers a look at America's program to return humans to the moon and travel beyond.

The exhibit will be located at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 21. The exhibit will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, daily.

The centerpiece of Driven to Explore is the opportunity to touch a lunar rock sample picked up on the moon and brought to Earth by the astronauts of Apollo 17 in 1972, America's last human mission to the moon. The nearly 4-billion-year-old rock is one of only seven lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch.

Driven to Explore allows visitors to see models of the new Constellation Program's Ares rockets and Orion crew exploration vehicle that NASA is developing, and to learn how and why America will return to the moon. The exhibit also details the accomplishments of the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

NASA's flight test of the crew escape system being developed for future rockets is scheduled to be conducted at the Orion Abort Flight Test Launch Complex at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, N.M. in spring 2010. Pad Abort 1 is the first of several flight tests that will provide information to help NASA build a better system to protect the crew during launch. The system will provide a safe escape mechanism for astronauts in the Orion crew module atop the rocket should there be a problem on the launch pad, or in the early stage of the climb to orbit.

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