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July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin -  Two thousand eighty-one weeks after humans first walked on the moon, Air- Venture visitors can see a piece of the lunar surface in person. The moon rock is part of NASA’s larger Oshkosh exhibit celebrating the agency’s contributions to space exploration, aeronautics research, and Earth science.

“This year we’re celebrating not only our historic landing on the moon 40 years ago, but also looking forward to the next generation of moon missions,” said Jim Hull, NASA exhibits manager. “Last month we launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It’s circling the moon right now, transmitting images. Then this fall the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite will impact the moon looking for water ice.”

Just as NASA is back over the moon, the agency returns this year to AirVenture after a one-year hiatus. Outside NASA’s pavilion near the Honda Forums Plaza will be a small example of a possible moon base, an inflatable lunar habitat design concept. Inside the building visitors will learn more about robotic moon missions aided by an interactive media display that includes mission animations, project videos, 3-D models, and lunar mapping images.

The exhibit will also feature models that show how NASA plans to return to the moon and why. From the moon, air show participants will be able to move onto Mars and a full-scale replica of one of the Mars Exploration Rovers in front of a 3-D Martian landscape.

NASA’s contributions to aeronautics, including a 50th anniversary retrospective honoring the first flight of the X-15, are also featured at the exhibit. A special education area will allow youngsters to make and take their own ringwing gliders and offers other hands-on activities.

A Gulfstream III, which serves as a multi-role test bed for a variety of NASA’s flight research experiments, will be on display at AeroShell Square. The aircraft’s pilot and crew will also be on hand to answer questions.

NASA representatives also plan presentations throughout the week at various AirVenture pavilions. See the daily presentation insert for times and locations.

Scheduled forum speakers include a test pilot, a space shuttle flight director, and research engineers talking about subjects ranging from uninhabited aircraft, recent robotic moon missions, and mission control tips for experimental aviators.

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