NASA Astronauts Bring Wonder of International Space Station to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Ever wonder what it’s
like to be an astronaut and to live and work in space? Find out directly from
NASA astronauts who will be in the Indianapolis area from April 24 to May 2 as
the agency shares the accomplishments, promise and opportunities for research
aboard the International Space Station.

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NASA astronauts Anna Fisher, Serena Aunon and Scott Tingle will deliver
presentations during the week. All include media availabilities.

In addition, the agency’s newest exhibit, Destination Station, a multimedia
exhibit showcasing what it’s like to live aboard the International Space
Station, is open to the public through June 29 at the Indiana State Museum.

NASA engineer on the Z-2 spacesuit and Purdue University graduate Ian Meginnis
and NASA photographer Mark Sowa will host a discussion from 6-8 p.m. on April 24
at the Museum of Art in Indianapolis. They will discuss NASA’s wearable
technology and photography in support of the space station.

On April 26, as visitors learn more about our home planet at Earth Day Indiana,
they also will have the opportunity to experience one of only eight moon rocks
in the world that visitors can touch. Located at the White River State Park,
NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile exhibit will be at Earth Day Indiana from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. The Earth Day festivities are conveniently located near the
Indiana State Museum so visitors can also take a look at the Destination Station
exhibit.

Join Aunon, a medical doctor and member of the 2009 astronaut class, as she
discusses “Staying Healthy and Fit in Space.” Her presentation is from noon-2
p.m. April 26 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Exposition Hall for the WTHR
Health and Fitness Expo. Aunon also will teach visitors how to “Train Like an
Astronaut” at the Expo the following day, April 27. Various events will begin at
11 a.m.

There will be a live, interactive television event with crew members now in
space aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday, April 29, at the
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. During the activities, which begin at 9 a.m.,
attendees may ask Expedition 39 flight engineers Rick Mastracchio, Steve Swanson
and Koichi Wakata about the progress of their mission.

At 11 a.m. April 29, Aunon will participate in an Indianapolis Indians game at
Victory Field. She will engage with the audience while showing video to promote
human spaceflight and the benefits of the space station.

Aunon also will give a presentation for the public beginning at 5:30 p.m, April
29, at the Indiana State Museum. The presentation will be followed by a
question-and-answer session and an opportunity for astronaut autographs.

In conjunction with the NFL PLAY 60 campaign, NASA will be hosting an
opportunity to “Train Like an Astronaut” with Tingle, also a member of the 2009
astronaut class, during the Indianapolis Colts training camp. This program uses
the excitement of space exploration and astronaut training to challenge,
inspire, and educate kids to set physical fitness goals and to practice proper
nutrition. The activities are modeled after real-life training astronauts do to
prepare for exploring space.

Fisher, who flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery as a Mission Specialist on
STS-51A and logged 192 hours in space, will give a presentation and answer
questions about her experiences at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Indiana Medical
History Museum. She also is a medical doctor and currently works at NASA on the
space station and Orion programs.

International Space Station Day will highlight the Destination Station exhibit
and feature hands-on activities exploring the extreme temperatures in space,
astronaut cuisine and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to touch the
4-billion-year-old moon rock inside the “Driven to Explore” mobile exhibit. The
event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2 at the Indiana State Museum.

Times (all EDT), dates, locations and media contact information for events:

6:30 p.m.
April 24 Museum of Art
Connie Dyer
(317-955-2316)

11 a.m.
April 26 Earth Day Indiana
Summer Keown
(317-670-8386)

Noon April WTHR Health and Fitness
26 Expo (Astronaut Serena
Aunon)
Megan Parker
(614-583-3359)

11 a.m. WTHR Health and Fitness
April 27 Expo (Aunon)
Megan Parker
(614-583-3359)

8 a.m. Children’s Museum of
April 29 Indianapolis
Kimberly Harms
(317-334-4003)
Leslie Olsen
(317-334-4007)

11 a.m. Indianapolis Indians
April 29 (Aunon)
Brian McLaughlin
(317-532-6925)

5:30 p.m. Indiana State Museum
April 29 (Aunon)
Bruce Williams
(317-234-8146)

4 p.m. Colts Training Camp
April 30 (Tingle)
Phil Andrews
(317-808-5322)

6 p.m. Indiana Medical History
April 30 Museum (Astronaut Anna
Fisher)
Elizabeth Nelson
(317-635-7329)

10 a.m. May
2 Indiana State Museum
Bruce Williams
(317-234-8146)

For more about Destination Station, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/destinationstation

For more about the International Space Station, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/station

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