"Journey to Mars" exhibit opens with press event Sept. 22

SEATTLE, Sept. 17, 2015
--From Sept. 22-27 the Museum hosts NASA's new interactive traveling exhibit, "Journey to Mars." The exhibit is the centerpiece of a week of spaceflight-related activities beginning Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. with an informal press conference with NASA astronaut Mike Barratt and NASA spaceflight managers. Barratt and NASA spaceflight managers will also be visiting Seattle schools and participating in Museum public programs throughout the week.

Astronaut Jeannette Epps joins NASA Mars Week on Saturday, Sept. 26 with a public meet-and-greet from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by her participation in a "speed mentoring" event with over 100 young women. The exhibit "Journey to Mars" looks at NASA's current robotic expeditions to the Red Planet, and how humans will someday set foot on Martian soil.

Image: NASA concept of Space Launch System for journey to Mars.

NASA Mars Week Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 22
10 a.m.
Journey to Mars exhibit opens.
Press Conference with NASA and Museum officials, including:
NASA astronaut Michael Barratt
Geoff Nunn, The Museum of Flight Adjunct Space Curator
Sharon Cobb, NASA Program Integration Manager, Space Launch System
Chris Crumbly, NASA Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution Office, SLS Program
John Vickers, NASA project manager for the Composite Cryotank Technologies Demonstration
Boeing "young rocketeers" Myron Fletcher and Tony Castilleja. To see them on PBS: Myron Fletcher, Tony Castilleja: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/aeroeng-sci-eng-tony/engineer-p...
Raisbeck Aviation High School students visit exhibit.

2 p.m.
NASA and Boeing representatives visit schools.

Thursday, Sept. 24
11 a.m.
Astronaut Mike Barratt guests on KING 5 New Day NW,
then meets students at Louisa Boren K-8 school.
1:30 p.m.
Public panel discussion: Journey to Mars - Fact or Fiction
Moderator - Sharon Cobb
Subjects include materials (John Vickers), habitat/life support (Mike Barratt/Jan Davis) and propulsion (Chris Crumbly).

3 p.m.
Discussion: Journey to Mars - Lessons from Apollo
The Boeing Company historian, Mike Lombardi, and Chris Crumbly, NASA Space Launch System Office

Saturday, September 26
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum admission free with Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! coupon
10 a.m. to noon
Astronaut Jeannette Epps meets Museum visitors
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
STEM activities with NASA/Boeing rocket team
Activities include Space Launch System Paper Rockets and LEGO Challenge.
Noon to 2 p.m.
Jeannette Epps in event with 100 girls ages 12-18 who arrived that morning on a special Delta Airlines flight from Minnesota to The Museum of Flight (private event). Events include luncheon and "Speed Mentoring" event with NASA and Boeing mentors.

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