Press Release

NASA Glenn Joins in the Fun at Indianapolis Air Show

By SpaceRef Editor
May 4, 2011
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CLEVELAND — The public is invited to visit NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow traveling exhibit at the Indianapolis Air Show in Indianapolis, Ind., May 13-15. Visitors will be able to explore science exhibits and participate in educational hands-on activities.

Journey to Tomorrow is housed in a 53-foot trailer and contains eight interactive kiosks that allow participants to go at their own pace as they learn about the history and challenges of air and space exploration. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible.

Interesting features include a simulator, in which a person can take the controls of a lunar landing craft; a planetary gravity demonstrator, in which a person can compare the weight of a soda can on different planets and “feel” how gravity changes from planet to planet; and a “Dynamic Planet,” where a person can designate a rotating sphere to be Earth, Mars, or any planet, control its speed and “see” interesting facts about the selected planet with a simple touch of one’s finger.

Additional highlights include a solar system scale, where visitors can find out how much they would weigh during a rocket launch, in space, or on another planet; and a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.

Also available will be the popular “Picture Yourself in Space” photo booth, where visitors can have a free souvenir photo taken as an astronaut; a 30-foot inflatable space shuttle; and free NASA educational material.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland sponsors Journey to Tomorrow at special events throughout the country.

For more information about Glenn, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/glenn

For more information about the Indianapolis Air Show, visit: http://www.indyairshow.com/

SpaceRef staff editor.