Bay Area Houston Law Enforcement, Lunar Electric Rover to Appear at NASA Balloon Festival

Style News Wire | 10/16/2009, 7 p.m.
The pride of Bay Area Houston Law Enforcement will be on display at the upcoming Ballunar Liftoff Festival at NASA ...

The pride of Bay Area Houston Law Enforcement will be on display at the upcoming Ballunar Liftoff Festival at NASA Johnson Space Center. Local Police, Fire Fighters and EMS Technicians will appear en masse, presenting official patrol and enforcement vehicles, safety and prevention demonstrations as well as games and prizes for attendees. A Show-and-Shine Fire Truck competition will take place on Saturday, featuring both state-of-the-art and antique fire trucks. The City Traveling Trophy for this competition will be awarded by festival attendees.

“We are extremely delighted to have representatives from across the Bay Area Houston Law Enforcement landscape participating at the Ballunar Liftoff Festival,” says Festival co-founder Steve Lombardi. “Their presence adds another valuable dimension to the Festival’s mission of education. Through the training programs presented at the festival these local heroes will be showing the public how to cope with emergency situations like fire, evacuation and disaster recovery.”

Making an equally exciting appearance at the Ballunar Liftoff Festival is NASA’s new Lunar Electric Rover. Designed for navigating across lunar terrain, this small pressurized rover is about the size of a pickup truck (with 12 wheels) and can house two astronauts for up to 14 days with sleeping and sanitary facilities. The LER is one of the frontrunners for conveying Astronauts across the moon’s surface when NASA returns in 2020. The LER will be displayed for viewing on festival grounds and will provide an impressive companion to the aeronautic exhibitions and visiting astronauts.

The RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival, sponsored by the City of Nassau Bay is produced by hundreds of Clear Lake-area volunteers in conjunction with a Board of Directors comprised of various community leaders. The event opens Friday, October 23 at 6:00pm with festivities continuing throughout the weekend. Family-friendly pricing of just $10 per carload includes Saturday’s NASA Open House from 9am to 5pm, visiting the original Saturn V rockets that took man to the moon, the space vehicle mock-up facility, and the opportunity to get an autograph from an actual NASA Astronaut.

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