NASA's 50th anniversary celebration
continues this summer with special recognition at EAA AirVenture 2008,
which begins Monday at Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport. NASA
Administrator Michael Griffin will speak on Tuesday, July 29, at 11:30
a.m. CDT, in the Utah Valley University Pavilion 6 in the Honda Forums.
"I'm looking forward to being part
of the world of flight that comes together each year at Oshkosh,"
said Griffin. "EAA has long been a supporter of NASA, as we have a
shared passion for innovation and flight."
Griffin's passion for flight is not just
job-related. He's a pilot, who holds a flight instructor certificate
with instrument and multiengine ratings, and the co-owner of a small
aircraft. He is scheduled to speak on the grounds of.
EAA AirVenture visitors also will be able
to hear from other current and former NASA employees in a number of
locations during the event.
NASA will have a special anniversary
display in the EAA AirVenture Museum and a traveling exhibit parked near
Exhibits Hangar "E." "NASA is proud to be able to display
unique artifacts depicting the history of NASA and U.S. spaceflight in
the EAA AirVenture Museum," said Jim Hull, NASA exhibit and
artifact manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We will not
only have objects from the space program, but also from NASA aeronautics
research that visitors can enjoy."
Some of the artifacts include gloves from
the Apollo era, space shuttle tiles and tires, a launch entry suit and a
Mars rover model. Visitors to the museum also can view models of the
next-generation space vehicles, the ARES rockets and Orion capsule,
which are being developed to return humans to the moon. Also on display
will be an exhibit about NASA wind tunnels and wind tunnel research.
A traveling display, called "Journey
to Tomorrow," includes interactive computer kiosks that feature
NASA highlights. Examples include "Celebrating 100 Years of
Flight," which is about NASA's contributions to the first century
of powered flight; "Brain Bites," which answers common
questions about air and space travel; and a lunar landing simulator.
Additional workstations include a planetary gravity demonstrator and a
solar system scale where visitors discover how much they would weigh on
each of the planets.
NASA's 50th anniversary also is being
honored at other venues at AirVenture, including EAA's Theater in the
Woods. Former astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson will host a NASA
birthday celebration on Wednesday evening, July 30. Gibson will be
joined by shuttle astronauts Steve Nagel, Charlie Precourt and Linda
Godwin and Apollo astronaut Al Worden. On Saturday, Aug. 2, David
Hartman will talk with former test pilot Joe Engel about the original
shuttle approach and landing tests and his two early shuttle missions.
For more about NASA's 50th anniversary,