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Space Foundation to Exhibit in Washington, D.C.

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The Space Foundation is demonstrating how astronauts conduct experiments on the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle Oct. 23-24 at the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Using gloveboxes similar to the ones used in space to prevent experiments from floating away and to keep scientists and astronauts safe, the Space Foundation will let attendees experience firsthand what it is like to conduct scientific studies using circuits, robotic arms and heavy space gloves. The demonstrations, which will be manned by Space Foundation space education specialists, is being presented in conjunction with the National Security Space Office.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival, hosted by Lockheed Martin, is the country’s first national science festival. It opens Oct. 10 with a gala concert of science songs performed by more than 200 children and adults at the University of Maryland. The culmination is the two-day Expo on the National Mall on Oct. 23-24 that will feature more than 500 science and engineering organizations from all over the United States presenting hands-on, fun science activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The festival will also feature performances, speakers, workshops, contests and much more.

For details on the USA Science and Engineering Festival, click here.

Pictured: A student tests out a glovebox at a Space Foundation exhibit last year


This article is part of Space Watch: September 2010 (Volume: 9, Issue: 9).