MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – News media are invited to attend an opening ceremony for the new International Year of Astronomy exhibit entitled “From Earth to the Universe” and interview NASA officials at NASA Ames Research Center on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

The “From Earth to the Universe (FETTU)” exhibit brings the beauty of astronomy to the general public in a series of showings throughout the Bay Area. FETTU is a major project of both the US and global efforts for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Featuring images taken from both ground- and space-based telescopes, FETTU showcases the incredible variety of astronomical objects that are known to exist – planets, comets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, clusters, and more. The exhibit will be shown at NASA Ames from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT March 17-19.

Several editions of FETTU will be appearing in San Francisco and the Bay Area beginning in April. The exhibit is funded by NASA’s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) at Ames, NASA’s Fermi and Swift astrophysics missions via Sonoma State University, the Kepler and SOFIA missions via the SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Lockheed Martin, and several other organizations.

WHAT: Media briefing and opening ceremony for the new International Year of Astronomy museum exhibit entitled “From Earth to the Universe.”

WHERE: The Ames Conference Center, Building 3, located on Severyns Avenue, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
4 p.m. PDT Opening Ceremony;
4:30 p.m. PDT Reception

WHO: NASA Ames Deputy Associate Center Director Yvonne Pendleton; NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) Interim Director David Morrison; NLSI Deputy Director Greg Schmidt and Doris Daou, NLSI Director of Communications and Outreach. To reach NASA Ames, drive on U.S. 101, exit at Moffett Field/NASA Parkway, drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. Drive through the main gate towards Hangar One and turn right on South Akron Road. Building 3 is located on Severyns Avenue and parking is available adjacent to Building 3.

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