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NASA Brings the Future of Exploration to Oshkosh Airventure 2006


> July 20, 2006
> J.D. Harrington
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-5241
> Kathy Barnstorff
> Langley Research Center, Va.
> 757-864-9886
> RELEASE: 06-282
> NASA will take visitors to the moon, Mars and beyond at the country's 
> biggest annual air show, held in Oshkosh, Wis., July 24-30.
> NASA scientists, engineers, educators, and communicators will be on 
> hand at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Airventure 2006 to 
> provide a glimpse of the future in an exhibit that has universal 
> appeal, literally.
> Outside the NASA building at Airventure, visitors will be able to 
> check out a full-scale space shuttle engine that weighs more than 
> 17,000 pounds. The engine is about the size of a recreational 
> vehicle. There also will be a 30-foot tall model of the heavy-lift 
> rocket proposed for the future Cargo Launch Vehicle, and interactive 
> demonstrations.
> Inside the facility NASA will feature a full-scale mock-up of 
> America's next space capsule, the Crew Exploration Vehicle. The 
> exhibit will help visitors understand how NASA plans to send 
> astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit. Included will be holographic 
> astronauts to introduce the Constellation program. Constellation is 
> the combination of large and small systems that will provide the 
> capabilities necessary for travel and exploration of the solar 
> system.
> No presentation at an air show would be complete without a look at 
> NASA's contributions to aeronautics. Exhibits will feature a number 
> of NASA-developed aviation technologies and a special education area 
> will allow youngsters to make and keep their own paper airplanes, 
> rotorcraft and straw rockets.
> Other displays will allow Airventure visitors to have their photograph 
> taken in a spacesuit or see images coming back from space by way of 
> the Hubble Space Telescope.
> NASA will take visitors to the moon, Mars and beyond at the country's 
> biggest annual air show, held in Oshkosh, Wis., July 24-30.
> NASA employees will share their expertise at Airventure 2006. 
> Aerospace craftspeople will be there to reveal mysteries of science 
> and to show how they create the experiments that have propelled 
> America forward as a leader in new air and space technologies.
> NASA representatives also will give presentations throughout the show 
> at various Airventure pavilions. Speakers will include engineers, a 
> test pilot, and veteran space shuttle commander Scott Horowitz. 
> Horowitz is NASA's associate administrator for the Exploration 
> Systems Mission Directorate, Washington.
> For more information about Airventure 2006, including scheduled 
> events, visit:
> http://www.airventure.org/
> For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/home
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