Press Release

World Space Expo Celebrates 50 Years in Space

By SpaceRef Editor
October 16, 2007
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and the U.S. Air Force will jointly celebrate 50 years of space and the 60th anniversary of the Air Force with the World Space Expo from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

World Space Expo is an event to commemorate humanity’s first 50 years in space while looking forward to returning people to the moon and exploring beyond. The expo will showcase various panels, presentations and educational programs. It also is a part of NASA’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The agency was founded Oct. 1, 1958.

Expo highlights include a 45th Anniversary of the Mercury Program celebration featuring original NASA astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter and the Pioneering Women of Aerospace forum featuring Eileen Collins and other prominent female space veterans.

Visitors will get to see an aerial salute during the Nov. 3 and 4 weekend. Aircraft participating in the salute include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Squadron, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet, U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle, P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight and the U.S. Air Force 920th Rescue Wing, which was responsible for Mercury and Gemini capsule recovery. The U.S. Army Golden Knights also will demonstrate precision skydiving.

Media planning to attend any events should submit their request to Andrea Farmer at:

[email protected]

For more information about World Space Expo, visit:

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/worldspaceexpo/

Video of the various events will air on NASA Television. For scheduling information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

SpaceRef staff editor.