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Photo opportunity: Robot car “Stanley” moves to the National Air and Space Museum

October 22, 2012

Media Advisory

WHAT: 
Photo opportunity: Robot car “Stanley” moves to the National Air and Space Museum

WHEN: 
Wednesday, Oct. 24 (weather permitting)
8:30 to 9 a.m. (photo opportunity)
9 to 9:30 a.m. (interview opportunities)

WHERE:
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Seventh Street and Independence Avenue S.W.

WHO: 
Carlene Stephens, curator “Time and Navigation” exhibition, National Museum of American History
Paul Ceruzzi, curator “Time and Navigation” exhibition, National Air and Space Museum

StanleyVisitors and members of the media will have a special opportunity to see the work that takes place to move an object from one Smithsonian museum to another. “Stanley”—a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg, modified by the Stanford Racing Team to navigate without remote control and without a human driver in the seat—will be taken from the National Museum of American History to the National Air and Space Museum. It will arrive on a flatbed truck at the west end of the National Air and Space Museum at approximately 8:30 a.m.

“Stanley” will go on display in the upcoming exhibition “Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There,” which opens at the National Air and Space Museum in March. This project is a unique collaboration between two of the Smithsonian’s largest and most popular museums.

“Stanley” won the 2005 Grand Challenge, a robot race sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, by successfully navigating 212 kilometers (132 miles) across desert terrain.

Interested media must RSVP to larai@si.edu or hilbigv@si.edu.

Hashtag for social media: #GoStanley