The Starship 2040 is a traveling exhibit housed in a 48-foot tractor-trailer that allows visitors to experience what commercial space travel might be like four decades from now. The exhibit allows the public to imagine the future -- routine, commercial and public access to space -- by letting them walk through a mock-up of the spacecraft's control, passenger and engineering compartments.
"If you can, think back to 1960," says John Dumoulin, exhibits coordinator at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. "Imagine the advances in technologies since then: computers, routine space travel and trips to the moon. Now imagine what could be in another 40 years: airliners in space, research stations on the moon, hotels on Mars. This exhibit asks you to imagine the technologies that will have to exist to make this future real."
The exhibit isn't just science fiction. It's designed to illustrate the technological advances now being made by NASA researchers and their partners in industry, government, and at universities like TTU.
Public tours and organized group visits are scheduled from 2:30 - 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, and all day Saturday. The exhibit will be stationed in front of Derryberry Hall on the university's Main Quad. Public parking is available in lots on either side of the Peachtree Street entrance to campus.
NASA is the nation's premier agency for developing reusable launch vehicle technologies. Marshall Space Flight Center, the origination point of Starship 2040, is leading this effort.
The exhibit, which will come to TTU thanks to the efforts of Congressman Bart Gordon, is intended to travel on a series of statewide tours and national-level conferences and meetings throughout the country.For more details about the Starship 2040 exhibit, visit www.Starship2040.com.