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Out of this world: NASA’s multi-media exhibition

Press Release Date 
Monday, 27 February, 2012

Destination Station touches down at The Tech Museum on Friday. Live, televised downlink with International Space Station crew planned for March 7  

SAN JOSE, CA – The triumphant story of the International Space Station – the high-flying research lab hovering in Earth’s orbit – unfolds against a backdrop of hands-on activities, imagery and audio-visual technology in NASA’s “Destination Station” exhibition at The Tech Museum.

As part of the exhibition’s six-week run at the museum, a live, televised downlink with the International Space Station crew is planned. On Wednesday, March 7, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit will field questions about the progress of their mission.

Developed and built by NASA, the exhibition immerses visitors in the amazing story of the space station’s development. See how five international space agencies, representing 15 different countries, came together to develop the world’s largest space station. Through hands-on activities and rich, audio-visual environments, visitors will see how research on the station is laying the groundwork for future exploration and improving life on Earth.

"Destination Station" is NASA's International Space Station Program national awareness campaign that promotes research opportunities, educates communities about activities performed on the International Space Station, and communicates the real and potential impacts of the station on our everyday lives.

Visitors will learn that the internationally developed research facility located in Earth’s lower orbit is the largest space station ever constructed. It serves as a research laboratory where astronauts from around the world conduct experiments in human health, technology, exploration, and research in the physical sciences.

Destination Station visitors will also learn that the space station, including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a U.S. football field, including the end zones, and weighs nearly a million pounds, not including visiting vehicles. The complex now has more livable room than a conventional five-bedroom house, and has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window.

During the last 11 years, fifteen countries worked together to complete its assembly, the largest engineering feat in modern history. The space station marked its 10th anniversary of continuous human occupation on Nov. 2, 2010. Since Expedition 1, which launched Oct. 31, 2000, and docked Nov. 2, more than 200 people have visited the space station.

The exhibition, which opens March 2 on the lower level of the museum, is free with museum admission. It closes April 15.

Contact:
Roqua Montez
Director of Public Relations
(408) 795-6225
rmontez@thetech.org

About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum-located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.