NASA traveling exhibit to visit Casey Jones Village in Jackson

NASA traveling exhibit to visit Casey Jones Village in Jackson

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 8:01 pm

A little bit of Mission Control will have lift-off in Jackson, Tennessee the weekend of May 14 and 15 as the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas brings  NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile exhibit to Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum and Casey Jones Village May 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. 
Driven to Explore has no admission charge and is designed for all ages to enjoy. 
 Driven to Explore is a mobile, multimedia experience showcasing NASA’s future plans for space exploration, including information on next-generation vehicles and the challenges associated with long term space travel. It immerses visitors in the story of NASA. The walking tour includes breathtaking imagery and audio and visual technology to connect guests with the space program.  
 The Museum was chosen as the only site in West Tennessee due to the unique transportation connection of the railroads to space travel and amount of visitors Casey Jones Village enjoys each year.  NASA will be touring the exhibit through Tennessee during the month of May. 
 Visitors will have the rare opportunity to touch a moon rock brought back by Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon in 1972. The moon rock is the centerpiece of the traveling exhibit and is one of the only seven lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch and feel.
 Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum is located in Casey Jones Village in Jackson at 30 Casey Jones Lane.  It is dedicated to the life and legend of Casey Jones and Jackson railroading history.  For more information visit www.caseyjones.com.
 The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s center for human space flight  training, research and flight control. The Center consists of a complex of 100 buildings constructed on 1,620 acres in Houston, Texas.  Johnson Space Center is home to the United States astronaut  corps and is responsible for training astronauts from both the U.S. and its international partners. It is often popularly referred to by its central function, “Mission Control”.  For more infor mation visit www.nasa.gov.   So, “Roger” and “Copy That” and plan to be with us May 14th and 15th in Casey Jones Village for an out of this world experience.

wcp 4/28/11

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