In keeping with the theme of EXPO 2005 Nature's Wisdom, the U.S. Pavilion team is celebrating statesman, inventor, diplomat, scientist, writer, and polymath Benjamin Franklin.
The US will showcase Franklin, an American leader known for his wisdom, his keen insight into the workings of the natural world and his capacity for innovation.
The main themes of the US Pavilion are Franklin himself, technology, and a universe of ideas. As the US prepares for a celebration of Franklin's 300th birthday, the Pavilion poses the question, How would he see the world of today? Next, a theater system will feature presentations on innovation.
Last, according to the US Pavilion's home page, the Pavilion will be a tribute to the great ideas of America: social diversity, immigration and tolerance, invention, the wonderful mechanism of nature, and more.
Located in Global Common 2, the US Pavilion is 22,230 sq ft (2,065 m 2) and will sponsor many events during the six-month Expo. For example, the New York City Opera will present four performances in the month of May, two each in Tokyo and Nagoya. Moreover, the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band will perform on June 20, which has been designated U.S. National Day. Warner Bros. Pictures Batman Begins will make its Japanese premiere at the Expo on May 31st.
The exterior for U.S. Pavilion includes an entrance on which there is a rendition of the American Flag. This flag makes use of a GlobalVista digital display, used to scroll images and text across the entire facade. These images will include live shots from across the U.S. and images of events and visitors at the EXPO site.
Inside the Pavilion is the American Journey gallery and exhibits on US technology, including a replica of the 1902 Wright Brothers glider, the Mars Rover, and a hydrogen cell automobile.
In 1902, two US inventors and bicycle store owners from Ohio, the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, became the first to achieve manned flight. Perfecting the wings and flight control system of their Wright Glider, the brothers flew at a beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
One of the main exhibits of The American Journey gallery is an exact replica of the 1902 single-tail Wright Glider. This was the craft in which the brothers achieved their ultimate goal: engine-powered, sustained and free flight under the control of a pilot. Featuring a 32-foot wingspan, this replica was created by Rick Young, a pilot, historian, and builder of Wright Brothers aircraft. The Wright Glider forever changed transportation, commerce, and national defense.
Also in the American Journey Gallery is a full-scale replica of the Mars Rover. In the summer of 2003, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched two identical roversSpirit and Opportunitywhich landed on opposite sides of Mars. At almost 5 feet tall and with a 7.5-foot span across its solar panels, the Rover replica is displayed in front of recent pictures taken by Rover cameras.
A third feature of the American Journey gallery is General Motors' futuristic concept vehicle: the AUTOnomy. According to GM, it is the first vehicle designed from the ground up around a fuel cell propulsion system and the first to combine fuel cells with by-wire technology, which allows steering, braking and other vehicle systems to be controlled electronically rather than mechanically. From the tailpipe water only water is emitted and the vehicle itself runs on renewable energy.
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