This year’s Indiana State Fair (starting this Friday, August 7) will go far beyond its popular farm-related exhibits to include a toast to the state’s contributions to space exploration.
The Indiana Space Travels exhibit opens Friday in the fairgrounds’ Grand Hall and runs throughout the fair, which ends Aug. 23.
The exhibit traces Indiana’s contributions to aeronautics, dating back to an 1859 hot air balloon flight from Lafayette that was the nation’s first airmail delivery. The exhibit will also include a Mars roving unit, replicas of a space capsule and the Hubble Telescope, a modular mission control board and artifacts from various space missions.
Former NASA astronaut and Purdue University grad Mark Brown, who flew on two space shuttle missions, will attend Friday’s opening.
Source: Indiana Space Grant Consortium