Media Advisory: 01-018

                           NASA's Marshall Center offers news
                           media preview of futuristic 'Starship
                           2040' exhibit


                                      In February, NASA's "Starship 2040" exhibit blasts off
                                      on a seven-city Alabama tour. It may not escape
                                      Earth's gravity, but this full-sized mock-up of a
                                      commercial passenger spacecraft -- as it might look in
                                      the year 2040 -- will send visitors' imaginations straight
                                      into orbit.

                                      NASA's Marshall Center, which developed the exhibit, is
                                      providing a sneak preview to Huntsville area news
                                      media representatives before Starship 2040 embarks
                                      on its mission -- to entertain and inform the public about
                                      NASA's space transportation goals and initiatives.


                                      On hand will be senior members of the Marshall
                                      Center's Space Transportation Directorate and
                                      Starship 2040 exhibit staff.


                                      Thursday, Jan. 25

                                      News media tours/photo opportunities 1-2 p.m.


                                      Marshall Space Flight Center, right outside Bldg. 4203


                                      News media interested in covering the event should
                                      contact June Malone at (256) 544-0034.