Wed, Jun 08, 2011
"Driven to Explore" Touring The Palmetto State This Month
South Carolinians have the rare chance to touch a nearly
4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's "Driven to Explore"
traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors
in the story of NASA.
Visits in South Carolina include:
- Greenville – Roper Mountain Science Center, Friday, June
10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 11, 0900-1330 EDT
- Columbia – EdVenture Children's Museum, Tuesday, June 14
and Wednesday, June 15, 0900-1700 EDT
- Charleston – Mighty Moo Festival, Friday, June 17, 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 18, 1200-1700 EDT
The centerpiece of "Driven to Explore" is the opportunity to
touch a lunar rock sample brought to Earth by the astronauts of
Apollo 17 in 1972, America's last human mission to the moon. The
rock is one of only eight lunar samples made available for the
public to touch.
"Driven to Explore" allows visitors to learn why we explore,
discover the challenges of human space exploration and how NASA
provides critical technological advances to improve life on Earth.
The exhibit also details the accomplishments of the space shuttle
and the International Space Station.
As the space shuttle approaches retirement, NASA is investing in
the building blocks of a more capable approach to space
exploration, including research and development to increase space
travel capabilities. In support of these efforts, NASA is
performing field tests, designing surface systems and conducting
advanced human research to ensure that future missions are safe,
sustainable and affordable.
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