Press Release

NASA Glenn Participates in the Thrill of the Dayton Air Show

By SpaceRef Editor
July 21, 2011
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CLEVELAND — The public is invited to visit NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow traveling exhibit at the Dayton Air Show July 23-24. Visitors will explore science exhibits and participate in educational hands-on activities. The show will be held at Dayton International Airport.

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

Interesting features 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; a simulator, in which a person can take the controls of a lunar landing craft; 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 a finger.

The Super Guppy, a massive aircraft that NASA uses to transport spacecraft components, will also appear at the air show along with the F-18 Hornet aircraft that is used for research support and pilot proficiency.

NASA pilot Frank Batteas will be available to talk with visitors and sign autographs during scheduled times on both days. Batteas is the associate director for the Flight Operations Directorate at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.

Also available will be the popular “Picture Yourself in Space” photo booth, where visitors can receive 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.

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SpaceRef staff editor.