SPACE Exhibit to Blast-off at The New Detroit Science Center

Largest Space Exhibition Ever to Tour Opens Nov. 5, 2005

DETROIT, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ — An unprecedented traveling exhibition on space exploration is set to lift off at The New Detroit Science Center on Nov. 5, 2005. At more than 12,000 square-feet, SPACE: A Journey to Our Future is the largest-ever touring exhibition on space exploration and the future of space. SPACE is made possible by General Motors and Lockheed Martin, and is presented locally by Bank One. The exhibit is produced by Clear Channel Exhibitions in educational collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

“The New Detroit Science Center is Michigan’s premier museum for learning about space science — from the vastness of our universe, to the exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond,” said Shawn Kahle, president of The New Detroit Science Center, which also recently opened the first phase of a new, permanent Space Laboratory. “With the successful return to flight and NASA’s new goals for space exploration, the SPACE exhibit could not be more timely and relevant for our visitors.”

The purpose of SPACE is to present educational elements in scenic environments that will fuel the imagination and build new dreams for the future of space exploration. While totally immersing visitors in the exciting scenic elements, the exhibit also features live performances, child-friendly interactives, and state-of-the-art projection and audio technology to bring this epic story to life. Highlights include opportunities to touch pieces of the moon and Mars, operate a centrifuge and visit a simulated scientific base camp on the Martian surface.

“Our exploration of space is an absolute necessity,” said former NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the second American to walk in space and the last man to leave his footprints on the moon. “This exhibition could be the spark that lights the imagination of a future astronaut or a scientist in the space program.”

James Stofan, director of the informal education division at NASA’s Office of Education, said NASA shares the mission of motivating our youth. “We hope this exhibit will help inspire the next generation of dreamers and explorers. We want to ignite the desire for discovery in the youth who will be our next pioneers to explore the moon, Mars and beyond.”

Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president of Environment and Energy, noted that for GM, the opportunity to educate in the areas of math and science is extremely important. “The SPACE exhibit embodies many of our corporate education principles including providing young people the chance to learn from real people and about real-world applications of technology,” she said. “We were also pleased to lend the expertise of our scientists and engineers to help create the educational resources for this exhibit focusing on energy, hydrogen and fuel cells.”

The exhibit contains a strong educational component geared towards children ages 9 – 17. A teacher’s activity guide complements the exhibit; additional educational downloads from the exhibit’s official website, http://www.spaceexhibit.com/ ; and a wide range of programming has been planned by the Science Center, including the IMAX(R) Dome Theatre film “Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon,” the Dassault Systemes Planetarium show “Journey to the Edge of Space and Time” and a live space science show. Leading science centers across the country have served on an educational committee for the exhibit, along with representatives from GM, NASA and NSTA to ensure accuracy and relevance in the exhibit’s educational message.

Additional support for SPACE is provided by Lockheed Martin, which sponsors the annual Space Day celebration. Dan Brandenstein, a former four- time astronaut and three-time shuttle commander, and current Vice President and Program Manager of the Lockheed Martin Space Operations Mission Support Operations Contract, said, “We’re honored to be part of SPACE. Together we hope to help excite and educate tomorrow’s scientific and technological workforce.”

Tickets to the exhibit, including Science Center General Admission, are $13 for adults and $10 for youth 2-12 and seniors. Discounts are available for groups and Science Center members. For group reservations, call 313.577.8400, Option 5, or visit the website, http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org/ . Hotel packages are available at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and Courtyard Detroit Downtown. For more information on hotel packages, please call 1.800.228.9290.

The New Detroit Science Center features 110,000 square feet of scientific exploration, including Michigan’s only IMAX(R) Dome Theatre; a state-of-the- art planetarium; two stages featuring audience-involving shows; an 8,700 square-foot Science Hall for traveling exhibits; five exhibit laboratories with more than 150 hands-on exhibits; and a special gallery exclusively for pint-size scientists. It has served more than 1.3 million visitors since its grand re-opening on July 28, 2001.

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