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Release: Immediate


 WHAT: Preview of "Iowa Space Pioneers" exhibit
 WHEN: Monday, July 20, 1 p.m.
 WHERE: Old Capitol Mall, upper level, north end, Iowa City

The University of Iowa and the Iowa City Area Science Center, Inc., invite the media for a sneak preview of the "Iowa Space Pioneers" exhibit on Monday, July 20, 1 p.m. at the Iowa City Old Capitol Mall, 2nd level. This premiere exhibit celebrates the leading role the University of Iowa and its scientists have played in the exploration of outer space.

Dr. James Van Allen, Regent Distinguished Professor of Physics, and Dr. Donald Gurnett and Dr. Louis Frank, both James A. Van Allen Professors of Physics and Astronomy will be on hand to meet with media representatives.

Included in the exhibit are a number of spacecrafts that were designed and built at the University of Iowa, including a replica of Explorer I, the first successfully launched U.S. spacecraft. Also on display is the "Plasma Diagnostic Package" (PDP) satellite, designed to study the environment immediately surrounding the space shuttle, and the "Hawkeye", which contributed to the study of the earth's radiation belts. Scientists in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa have participated in 54 successfully launched U.S. space missions since 1958.

The exhibit opens with a reception Monday, July 20 at 4:30 p.m. and ribbon cutting at 4:45. Linda Maxson, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Dr. James Van Allen will make opening remarks. "Iowa Space Pioneers" will run through mid-January, 1999. The exhibit is free and open to the public.