Tests to help in development of NASA’s new spaceship to support the Vision for Space Exploration begin this week at NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley.

News media are invited to view a scale model of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) in Ames’ 11-foot wind tunnel on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST.

NASA Ames’ wind tunnel tests of the CEV crew capsule model will simulate airflow and temperature changes the capsule would experience in atmospheric flight. The tests are among the first steps that NASA Ames is taking to help develop a new space travel system that will return human beings to the moon and support later missions to Mars. NASA facilities across the nation also are taking part in the development effort.

WHAT: Opportunity to view the CEV model in the Ames 11-foot wind tunnel and conduct interviews with NASA Ames scientists and engineers.

WHEN: A tour of the Ames 11-foot wind tunnel will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST.

WHO: George Sarver, who leads Ames’ efforts to support development of the new spaceship and its systems, will participate in interviews with the media. Additional NASA Ames engineers involved in the CEV model wind tunnel tests also will be available to speak with reporters.

WHERE: NASA Ames Research Center Unitary Wind Tunnel complex, Bldg. N227-A. News media representatives who wish to attend the wind tunnel tour and CEV model exhibition should report to Ames’ Visitor Badging Office, located at the Ames main gate. To reach Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101 and drive east to the main gate and Visitor Badging Office.

Additional information about NASA’s effort to develop a new spaceship is on the World Wide Web at: