By Amanda Wurtz
You don’t have to go to Houston, Texas for a space device ‘touchdown’. NASA is coming to the Red River Valley Fair this summer for a space exploration and moon remnant experience! “NASA’s Driven to Explore” exhibit will be open all day, every day during the 6-day fair, July 9-14.
The audio and visual exhibit features an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fair-goers as they can touch a 4-billion-year-old rock retrieved from the moon in 1972 by the astronauts of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon. This is only one of eight moon rock samples in the world made available for the public to touch, according to the exhibit’s data sheet.
The moon rock is part of the exhibit’s mission to share the NASA’s 55-year stories history and contributions to critical technological advances to improve life on Earth, an overview of why we explore and the challenges to human exploration according to the exhibit’s data sheet. In the exhibit, you can learn more about some of the most well-known missions and astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride and John Glenn and much more. Models of next-generation flight vehicles slated to replace the current space shuttles will also be on display.
This scientific experience offers an up-close view of NASA, which fair-goers may not be otherwise exposed to, explained Bryan Schulz, Red River Valley Fair general manager.
“We strive to provide a fair experience that is memorable and offers something for everyone,” Schulz said. “How many people can say that they have touched a moon rock? With this, they can say that and so much more as they learn more about NASA and all the advances that have been made over the years.”
There is no separate admission charge for the exhibit, which is designed for people of all ages. Touring the exhibit will take approximately 10 minutes.
To find out more information on the 2013 fair activities, check out the website at www.redrivervalleyfair.com, or call the Fair office at 701-282-2200. Or, like the Red River Valley Fair’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Red.River.Valley.Fair.