2011 NOAA Heritage Events & New Gateway to NOAA Exhibit

Explore your world and go behind the headlines with the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration! During NOAA Heritage Week 2011 (Feb. 5-12), NOAA will host special guest presentations by deep-sea explorers, hurricane hunters, extreme weather forecasters, and oil spill responders at its Silver Spring, Md. campus. 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. Saturday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. Exploring the Titanic – A panel of veteran ocean explorers discuss their first-hand experiences studying one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks. Saturday, Feb. 5 at 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. Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. Responding to the Deepwater Horizon Spill – A panel of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discuss their role in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response effort. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 12 noon and 7 p.m Extreme Weather! – WRC-TV chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer moderates a panel of NOAA National Weather Service experts, who will discuss tornadoes, tropical storms and blizzards. Also, a NOAA “hurricane hunter” pilot will discuss his experiences flying into Katrina and other storms. Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. All guest presentations will take place in the NOAA Auditorium, located at 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Md., near the Silver Spring Metro Station. Sign language interpreters available. Adults please bring a photo ID to enter this federal facility. Public parking is available. NEW NOAA Exhibit – Gateway to NOAA While you’re in Silver Spring, be sure to visit Gateway to NOAA, a permanent new exhibit about how NOAA takes the pulse of the planet and manages and protects ocean and coastal resources. The exhibit is located at 1325 East-West Highway (SSMC2), just steps from the Silver Spring Metro Station. More info at