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NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

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, visit www.nasa.gov/50th/home/index.html.


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