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"Virtual Astronomy" Demo at The Tech's Virtual Reality Experience with Congressional Reps. Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren, July 5

Press Release Date 
Monday, June 30, 2003
WHO: 15th Congressional District Representative Mike Honda; 16th Congressional District Representative Zoe Lofgren; Tech President Peter Giles WHAT: A colorful, highly visual demonstration linking The Tech's new SGI-powered Virtual Reality Experience with the University of Illinois's National Center for Supercomputing Applications in a real-time Virtual Tour of the Cosmos. Stuart Levy, NCSA senior research programmer, will guide the tour – although he will actually be located in Illinois, thus highlighting the newest remote collaboration technologies. Using the latest scientific data, visualization tools and interfaces, The Tech's new Virtual Reality Experience allows visitors to fly through seamless virtual worlds of dynamically refreshed virtual reality content. Powered by SGI technologies, the Virtual Reality Experience features a state-of-the-art SGI® Onyx® visualization system with an Infinite Reality4™ graphics subsystem, along with three high-resolution projectors focused on a custom-made, immersive curved screen. The Virtual Reality Experience was made possible when the United States Congress recently enacted Reps. Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren's request for funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution for fiscal year 2003. WHERE: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 South Market Street, Downtown San Jose Virtual Reality Experience, Upper Level WHEN: Saturday, July 5, 2003 10:30-10:35 Introduction 10:35-11:05 Virtual Reality Experience and Virtual Astronomy Photo Opps 11:05-11:15 Comments from Rep. Honda MEDIA CONTACTS: Yolanda Canny, (408) 795-6219,, John Watson (650) 245-5213, Located in San Jose, CA, The Tech Museum of Innovation engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH. -30-