NASA, in collaboration with the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee and six aerospace partners are inviting media to a special preview at 1 p.m. Monday, January 30, of the space-themed Future Flight fan experience sharing NASA’s vision for the incredible journey to Mars and beyond.
Media who would like to participate should arrive at Super Bowl LIVE at the media check-in Entrance 5 off Lamar St. at Discovery Green (near the intersections of La Branch and Lamar) no later than 12:45 p.m. Monday. Free media parking is available at 700 Leeland St.
Future Flight is part of the 2017 Super Bowl LIVE fan festival and features an out-of-this-world virtual reality ride that allows fans to experience a launch to Mars and a landing back on the Super Bowl LI 50-yard-line on Earth, plus numerous hands-on, space-related exhibits. The event will include remarks from the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee and NASA as well as numerous subject matter experts from the industry partners.
The event will include brief remarks from the following:
- Ellen Ochoa, NASA Johnson Space Center director and veteran NASA astronaut
- Bob Cabana, NASA Kennedy Space Center director and veteran NASA astronaut
- Todd May, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center director
- Mark Kirasich, NASA Orion Program manager
- Julie Robinson, International Space Station Program chief scientist
- Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, executive director of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
- Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee
Immediately following the media briefing, guests will be invited to tour the Future Flight area, which will include subject matter experts from all six industry partners stationed at the below on-site exhibits. Guests will also have the opportunity to ride the virtual reality drop-tower ride to Mars.
- NASA — Numerous technologies paving the way for human deep space exploration and the agency’s journey to Mars
- Aerojet Rocketdyne — RS-25 and RL10 engines, as well as an interactive learning experience about the Journey to Mars
- Boeing — Explore Beyond Earth interactive experience detailing American’s human spaceflight systems and missions
- Lockheed Martin — Take a trip to the Red Planet on the Mars Bus, the first immersive virtual-reality vehicle ever built. The bus replicates 200 square miles of Martian terrain and gives riders an interactive adventure simulating a drive on the surface of Mars
- Northrop Grumman Corporation — A full-size model of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which will be the most powerful space telescope ever built, will be located at the intersection of Austin and Clay, right around the corner from Future Flight
- Orbital ATK — “Fly Me to Mars” Interactive Launcher allows guests to choose their own rocket and experience how materials affect launch performance
- Raytheon Company — “Science museum on wheels” STEM trailer providing a hands-on exhibits about energy, space, weather, biotechnology and aerodynamics
If Interested In Attending This Event, Contact:
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Houston Super Bowl Host Committee
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