NASA Exhibit Aboard Southeast Explorer to be Open for Faculty and Staff Day

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:  

The new NASA Exhibit aboard the Southeast Explorer will make be open for Southeast Missouri State University faculty and staff to view during a special “Faculty and Staff Day.”  The exhibit includes over 40 museum-quality models tracing the history of NASA’s unmanned and manned space flight.  Displays highlight rockets, escape from Earth’s gravity, space shuttles, artificial satellites, space probes, living and working in space, and exploration of the Moon and Mars.  The exhibit, while primarily designed for students in grades 3-12, is appropriate for ages K through adult.   

WHEN: 

1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 15 

WHERE: 

Parking Lot 6 at Southeast Missouri State University, directly adjacent to Johnson Hall

BACKGROUND:  

The University’s new mobile museum, the Southeast Explorer, is a self-contained 38-foot walk-through vehicle that provides hands-on learning through a series of themed exhibits and interpretive programs.  Its featured exhibit “NASA:  The Spirit of Discovery,” recently made its successful debut aboard the Explorer at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on July 12. The Southeast Explorer is an innovative mobile learning center that began touring the University’s 26-county service area in Missouri this year, visiting schools, libraries, and community events.  In its first half year of operation, the Explorer traveled 7,000 miles and brought an exhibit focusing on regional history and archaeology to over 13,000 school children and teachers in 77 schools in the Southeast Missouri area between St. Louis and the Arkansas border. Future exhibits to travel in the Southeast Explorer will focus on the fine arts, regional archaeology and other NASA subjects. The Southeast Explorer’s exhibit space is shared on a rotating basis by the University’s NASA Educator Resource Center and the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum.