25th Feb 2009 marked the international launch of FETTU project, another milestone of IYA 2009, with the initial celebration starting from United States. It was celebrated with an exhibition filled with vivid astronomy images and it's still open at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona. The FETTU is aimed at showcasing uniqueness of Astronomy and making it accessible to the general public, through a series of free showings across the country.
FETTU is ranked a major project of both the US and global endeavours for IYA2009. High quality images taken from both ground- and space-based telescopes will be contributed to FETTU to boost its task of offering picturesque and manifold pictures on astounding astronomical objects - quas
ars, planets, comets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, clusters, satellites and much more. It is also possible to have different scopes of the same image through the electromagnetic spectrum which could enhance the scientific eye with a good analysis of wave-lenghts, belonging to X-rays, Gamma rays, Ultra-violet , Infra-red etc.
FETTU showcasing will be taking place almost everywhere, where there is general public. FETTU images are selected so that they can grab the attention of the viewer. The images should contain a glorious attraction and the target or the goal is to make an ordinary man understand the beauty of the universe and enjoy it while knowing the importance of astronomy as a fundaamental science as soon as he is drawn to the image.
FETTU is sponsored by NASA in US and will appear in semi- permanent installations in Atlanta and Chicago later this spring. The traveling unit of FETTU, with its first stop in Tucson, will then head to Memphis in April. More FETTU locations are being processed across the US and an enhanced schedule is on the way.
It is reported that several editions of FETTU will also be appearing in the San Francisco and the Bay Area beginning in May. Therefore a lot of excitement is already left. The monetary allocations are from NASA’s Lunar Science Institute, the Fermi and Swift missions through Sonoma State University, and several other organizations which contribute to make FETTU a great success. Furthermore the NASA IYA Student Ambassador program is facilitating a FETTU exhibit in Madison, Wisconsin. With NASA's support, FETTU panels for the visually impaired are being prepared. There would be comprehensive collection of 50 images in the US and the caption material is avaiable in both English and Spanish.
Kim Kowal Arcand of the Chandra X-ray Center and principal investigator for the NASA FETTU grant said “It’s very rewarding to see FETTU taking shape across in the United States thanks, in large part, to NASA. It’s also amazing to see how it has taken off around the world.”
At the moment through IYA 2009 events FETTU is already being showcased in a variety of formats - both as physical installations and digital displays - in over 40 countries around the globe. Having been funded by a variety of local resources these episodes are getting more popularized among the public day by day.
Stay tuned to hearing updated!!