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NASA TV to broadcast solar eclipse live from Jefferson City

NASA will broadcast the solar eclipse live from Jefferson City. (MGN Online)

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that NASA TV picked Jefferson City as one of seven locations across the United States to broadcast from during the August 21 total solar eclipse.

Officials from NASA traveled to Jefferson City to conduct a site visit with the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau and the State of Missouri Office of Administration. Following the site visit, David DeFelice, Office of Communications and External Relations from the NASA Glenn Research Center made the announcement at the Capital Eclipse community meeting held in the Missouri State Capitol rotunda.

"We were very excited to learn NASA was considering Jefferson City for this opportunity," Executive Director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau Diane Gillespie said in a release. "We had to keep this information to ourselves until the details fell into place and we are thrilled to be able to share it with the public now."

"Not only is Jefferson City along the path of totality, but the community is planning a great event for the public to experience the eclipse," said Mr. DeFelice. "We are looking forward to being a part of the historic day."

The release stated the NASA team plans to bring with them the Journey to Tomorrow traveling exhibit, a 53-foot trailer transformed into an interactive NASA experience. The trailer is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible and will be stationed on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol Sunday and Monday offering visitors the chance to experience hands-on activities and educational displays including a genuine moon rock artifact returned to Earth by the crew of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.

Also joining NASA for the live broadcast is Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kavandi, originally from Springfield, Missouri, previously worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where she served as Director of Flight Crew Operations and Deputy Director of the Health and Human Performance Directorate. She was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 logging more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits.

Eric Aldrich, Atmospheric Science Instructor for the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources, will assist NASA officials in Jefferson City for the live broadcast.

NASA TV plans to share a press conference live from the Newseum in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 21 from 1-3:30 p.m. (EST) to educate viewers on how to experience the eclipse through the eyes of NASA as well as other tips and safe practices, and unique research opportunities to study the Earth, moon and sun. Viewers should check their local cable station for the NASA channel to watch this nationally-televised event or visit www.nasa.gov.

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