An unprecedented new traveling exhibition on space exploration is set to lift off at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. "SPACE: A Journey to Our Future" is made possible by General Motors with additional support from Space Day Foundation and Lockheed Martin.
SPACE is produced by Clear Channel Exhibitions in educational collaboration with National Aeronautics And Space Administration ("NASA") and the National Science Teachers Association ("NSTA").
One of the largest touring space events, the 12,000-square-foot exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, November 22, 2003. SPACE will remain on display in Seattle through May 9, 2004 before traveling to major science centers and museums in 12-15 North American cities over the next five years. The purpose of SPACE is to present educational elements in scenic environments that will fuel one's imagination in the future of space exploration.
"We hope this exhibit will help inspire the next generation of dreamers and explorers," says Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA'S Associate Administrator for Education. "We want to ignite the desire for discovery in the youth who'll be our next pioneers to explore the galaxy."
SPACE examines amazing discoveries and explorations from the past and introduces visitors to today's explorers who are shaping our future destiny in the universe. In addition to immersive scenic elements, the exhibit will feature live performances, child-friendly interactives, state-of-the-art projection and audio technology to bring this epic story to life.
Highlights will include opportunities to touch pieces of the Moon and Mars, ride a lunar module simulator to a surface facsimile of the Moon and visit a simulated scientific base camp on Mars.
"Our exploration of space is an absolute necessity," said former NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the second American to walk in space and the last man to leave his footprints on the Moon. "This exhibit could be the spark that lights the imagination of a future astronaut or a scientist in the space program."
Larry Burns, GM vice president, Research & Development and Planning, noted that GM has played an integral part of the story of space exploration. "We're proud
that GM technology helped make the moon shots a reality," he said. "GM is a believer in dreams - and this exhibit celebrates the dreams of the past and those of the future. Our work in developing advanced technologies, like fuel cells, will help shape that future. We also want to help children make their dreams come true - and we believe this exhibit will encourage them to embrace science and technology."
The exhibit contains a strong educational component geared towards ages 9 - 17. Leading science centers across the country, such as the St. Louis Science Center, Maryland Science Center, Pacific Science Center and the California Science Center, have served on an educational committee along with representatives from GM, NASA and NSTA to ensure the exhibit's educational message and content accuracy. A teacher's guide will compliment the exhibit..
Additional support for SPACE is provided by the Space Day Foundation and Lockheed Martin. Buzz Bartlett, Chairman, Space Day Foundation said, 'We are honored to be part of SPACE. Together we hope to help excite and educate tomorrow's scientific and technological workforce."
Destination cities include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis.
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