Future Flight, a virtual reality experience that sends riders on a journey to Mars, is the main attraction at Super Bowl LIVE thanks to NASA and a host of aerospace companies.
"NASA was the first group to say we want to be involved with the Super Bowl" said Sallie Sargent, the President and CEO of the Houston Super Bowl host committee, and in doing so brought with them six of the biggest names in space. NASA, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, OrbitalATK, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman came together to help create the Super Bowl of the future and show the world the progress they've made on America's next rocket- Space Launch System or SLS for short.
Once football fans return from an exciting trip to the red planet they can see the space hardware that is going to get us there for themselves in the form of real rocket engines, a replica of the Mars rover Curiosity, an Orion capsule, and NASA's Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV). Hands on exhibits, like the TAME Trailblazer sponsored by Raytheon, give children the ability to explore basic science and engineering concepts for themselves.
Flip through the photo gallery to see more of NASA's Future Flight at Super Bowl LIVE in Houston.