America’s plans for opening the space frontier, including new human exploration of Earth’s moon and future voyages into the solar system beyond, are featured in an interactive NASA exhibit scheduled to visit the Ocean City, Maryland, Air Show June 13-14. The air show will feature the Air Force Thunderbirds flight exhibition team, along with military and historic aircraft from museums and private collections, show organizers said on June 5.
The NASA Exploration Experience traveling exhibit gives visitors “a vivid glimpse into the nation’s ambitious future in space,” the show’s organizers said. “We hope the multimedia experience helps people better understand how the country plans to explore the moon and journey beyond in the next decade or so,” said NASA outreach coordinator Kirk Pierce. While in Ocean City the exhibit will be on display at 17th Street and Broadway and will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhibit simulates “a breathtaking visit to the first destination on America’s new journey into the solar system: Earth’s moon,” Pierce said. “Interactive control panels and activity station, immersive 3D imagery and audio effects will plunge visitors into a not-too-distant future on the moon. They’ll discover what it will be like to live and work on the surfaces of other worlds – and how it will benefit life back home on Earth,” he added.
Touring the NASA Exploration Experience exhibit takes approximately 10 minutes, Pierce said. Pointing out that the exhibit is wheelchair-accessible. “Exhibit visitors also can see what they would look like on the Moon by having their photo taken in a space suit against a lunar landscape,” he said.