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News - July 29, 2011

Braille book brings lunar craters down to earth

Craters more than 200,000 miles away from Earth are now within reach for visually impaired readers thanks to a new Braille book that debuted Monday at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field.

"Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters" features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface and is designed to educate the blind and visually impaired about Earth's moon, according to NASA.

David Hurd, a space science professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, worked with tactile engineer John Matelock to create the book after a visually impaired student enrolled in Hurd's introductory astronomy class, NASA officials said.

Hurd unveiled the book Monday night, July 18, as part of the fourth annual Lunar Science Forum that starts today. Students from the California School for the Blind in Fremont are also scheduled to attend the book's debut.

"NASA's Lunar Science Institute is committed to the development of resources to bring lunar science into the world of those who cannot see. 'Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters' is one giant step for humankind, making lunar science visible through touch and sound," the institute's director Yvonne Pendleton said in a statement.

Copies of the book are available; go to lunarscience.nasa.gov/tactile for information.

—Bay City News Service

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