Volume: 03, Issue: 03 02/09/2005 
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Hot Spot Revealed on Saturn
NASA Budget Casualties Include Hubble, Jupiter Mission
First Genesis Sample Sent to Researchers
Research Balloon Bursts Flight Record

Take a Trip through Science

Need more exciting ways to help your students understand the excitement of science? Journey through science marvels at the following exhibits.

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe
The Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe exhibit features the best of Hubble’s images and shows visitors how this suite of scientific instruments is challenging widely held assumptions about the cosmos. The exhibition explores the Hubble, its history and purpose, and its anatomy and operation. Visitors enter the exhibition through a tunnel of monitors that projects images taken by Hubble. Four freestanding structures are devoted to Hubble’s contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. A scale model of Hubble is complemented by “satellite” units that incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works. From now through May 31, 2005, view the exhibit at the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, Indiana. To find out when it will be in your area, visit the website listed above.

Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' 1903 flight, NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology and the Art Institute of Chicago have organized a traveling exhibit exploring the history of aerospace engineering and its relationships to architecture and design. Aerospace Design: The Art of Engineering presents a pictorial survey documenting NASA's aerospace history and the architects, builders, aerospace engineers, and scientists behind it. Including some 65 artifacts, the exhibition displays objects ranging from handcrafted wind tunnel models of early biplanes to models of the Space Shuttle. The exhibition also showcases some of NASA's latest research concepts, such as aircraft with "morphing" wings, "self healing" aircraft surfaces, and biologically inspired sensors, all of which will help make future air travel accident free, environmentally friendly, affordable, and accessible to all. A photographic version will visit airports throughout the nation.

SPACE: A Journey to Our Future
This first-of-its-kind exhibit was created as an educational tool to inspire young people and raise public awareness about space exploration. Representatives from NASA, NSTA, and General Motors served on an educational committee with specialists from leading science centers across the country to consult on its content. The 12,000-square-foot exhibition, one of the largest touring space exhibits ever developed, will be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida through May 30, 2005. This exhibit will travel to other museums and science centers across the United States for the next five years. Geared toward ages 9-17, SPACE immerses the visitor in past discoveries and explorations and introduces today's explorers who are shaping our destiny in the universe. The sights and sounds of space exploration are presented through live performances, easy-to-use interactives, state-of-the-art projection, and audio technology. Highlights include opportunities to ride a lunar module simulator to a surface facsimile of the Moon and a visit to a simulated scientific base camp on Mars.

NASA @ Your Library
NASA and the American Library Association (ALA) announce an interactive exhibit that features special presentations for parents and children. The program is designed to help inspire students to pursue science and space-related careers. The NASA/ALA partnership creates NASA @ Your Library, a program designed to introduce and expose the public to NASA research in health; home and transportation; agriculture and environment; and commerce. The partnership is also designed to increase interest in our nation's public libraries. The exhibit will tour 120 public libraries in five regions across the nation. Visit the website listed above to find out when the exhibit will be in your area.

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