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Public invited to new exhibit during NOAA Heritage Week

Opening the 'Gateway to NOAA'

February 4, 2011
Gateway to NOAA exhibition

Experience the new 'Gateway to NOAA' exhibit during NOAA Heritage Week, February 5-13, 2011. Beginning Feb. 14, the permanent exhibit will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

'Gateway to NOAA' Highlights

This year, NOAA Heritage Week will include presentations from deep-sea explorers, marine historians, and "hurricane hunters."

  • Battle of the Atlantic: Marine archaeologists and historians discuss recent undersea explorations of Allied ships and German U-boats sunk off the North Carolina Coast during World War II.

    Sat., 2/5, 11 a.m.

  • Exploring the Titanic: Veteran ocean explorers recall first-hand experiences studying one of the world's most famous shipwrecks.

    Sat., 2/5, 1 p.m.

  • An Ironclad Mystery: Maritime and forensic experts discuss their efforts to piece together the USS Monitor's final moments and identify sailors lost when the famed Civil War ironclad sank in 1862.

    Sat., 2/5, 3 p.m.

  • Responding to the Deepwater Horizon Spill: NOAA experts discuss their roles in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response effort.

    Wed., 2/9, 12 noon and 7 p.m.

  • Extreme Weather!: WRC-TV chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer moderates a panel of experts from NOAA's National Weather Service who will discuss blizzards, tornadoes, and tropical storms. A NOAA pilot and "hurricane hunter" will also share his experiences flying into Hurricane Katrina and other storms.

    Sat., 2/12, 11 a.m.

February 5-12 marks the seventh annual NOAA Heritage Week, during which NOAA will unveil a new permanent exhibit, called the "Gateway to NOAA," at its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The exhibit features breathtaking imagery, multimedia presentations, and amazing artifacts that illustrate how NOAA has, since its earliest history, sought to increase people's understanding of the land, the sea, and the sky.

The Preserve America Initiative

NOAA Heritage Week is presented in accordance with Preserve America, a federal initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge of our nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for communities' economic vitality.

NOAA Heritage Week and the Gateway to NOAA exhibit are largely made possible through the passion and energy of NOAA employees, who volunteer their time to share how NOAA touches the lives of Americans every day.