Tue, Aug 30, 2011
Visits To Three Cities Planned Around The State In
Kansans have the rare chance to touch a nearly
4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's "Driven to Explore"
traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors
in the story of NASA. The tour will stop in Kansas City at the
Goodguys Midwestern Nationals Rod and Custom Car Show, Kansas
Speedway, Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4. It will then
move on to Wichita for a visit to Exploration Place on Wednesday,
Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 8, and wrap up the three-city tour in
Hutchinson at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Thursday,
Sept. 15 through the Saturday, Sept. 17.
"Driven to Explore" allows visitors to learn why we explore and
to discover the challenges of human space exploration and how NASA
provides critical technological advances to improve life on Earth.
The exhibit highlights advanced human research that will ensure
safe and sustainable future missions, and next-generation vehicles
and surface systems destined for use to exploring beyond low Earth
orbit. The centerpiece of Driven to Explore is the opportunity to
touch a lunar rock brought to Earth by the astronauts of Apollo 17
in 1972, America's last human mission to the moon. The rock is one
of only eight lunar samples the public can touch.
In addition, NASA employees will be around the state raising
awareness about space exploration. NASA engineer Antja Chambers
will visit Christa McAuliffe Elementary in Shawnee Mission on Sept.
2 to discuss how spacesuits are developed and
On Sept. 14, NASA representatives Richard Watson and Lisa Spence
will be at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene to
discuss NASA's current space programs.
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