KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2007) – NASA's Kennedy Space Center announced today that it will host the inaugural World Space Expo. The expo will be held November 1-4, 2007 and will feature an Aerial Salute by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds during the opening weekend.
World Space Expo will feature one of the largest space artifact and hardware displays ever assembled. It will be coupled with renowned aerospace personalities to celebrate the past, showcase the present and provide a look at the future of space exploration. The Expo will be designed to inspire, educate and stimulate an awareness and understanding of the achievements and benefits of space exploration.
"Working with NASA, we are creating the most exciting and comprehensive space exposition, World Space Expo. The event will give all who attend a true picture of mankind's greatest achievements from the place that sends people into space," said Daniel LeBlanc, Chief Operating Officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, host to the nine-day event.
The primary venues for World Space Expo will be Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Apollo/Saturn V Center. The Aerial Salute by the Thunderbirds will be show centered at Banana River Causeway, a site frequently used for viewing Shuttle launches.
About World Space Expo (www.worldspaceexpo.com)
World Space Expo (WSE) is a large-scale public event held November 1-4, 2007 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The primary objective is to inspire, educate and engage the general public through an immersive experience of historic and modern exhibits, interactive presentations, rarely seen demonstrations, and up-close and personal sessions with astronauts and industry leaders. Attendees will leave inspired, entertained and enlightened to why research and exploration in space are vital components of mankind's future.
World Space Expo is supported through sponsorships from forward thinking innovative companies that support human space exploration and research. There are still excellent venues, activities and unique access hospitality opportunities available for sponsorship. For sponsorship information, please contact World Space Expo at 717.583.0800 or visit www.worldspaceexpo.com/sponsors.htm
About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Strap in for a day of space exploration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the gateway to a working space center and one of Florida's most popular destinations with more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Be prepared for an inspiring experience with tours venturing deep into NASA's spaceport facilities, daily Astronaut Encounters, towering rockets and IMAX space films. Go vertical at the new Shuttle Launch Experience, the most authentic simulation of a launch ever created, opening May 2007. Admission includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame featuring the world's largest collection of astronaut memorabilia, plus interactive simulators, displays, and tributes to the heroes of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. Located just 45 minutes east of Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9:00 a.m. Admission includes World Space Expo and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is $38 plus tax for adults and $28 plus tax for children 3-11. For more information, call 321-449-4444 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
About the Thunderbirds
Publicity material and standard press kit information can be immediately obtained from the Thunderbird website at www.airforce.com/thunderbirds