A commemorative medallion showing the key components of John Glenn's legacy. Image Credit: NASA
> View High-Resolution Image NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is hosting a very special event on March 2 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first orbital flight by an American, John H. Glenn Jr.
"Celebrating John Glenn's Legacy: 50 years of Americans in Orbit," will be held at 1 p.m. at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center. The program will include remarks by agency officials; a video tribute; and remarks by Senator Glenn.
On March 1, 1999 the Lewis Research Center was officially renamed the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in recognition of Glenn's contributions to science and space, and to the State of Ohio. As one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Glenn trained in 1960 at Lewis in the Multiple Axis Space Test Inertia Facility.
Today, the research and technology development work conducted at the center focuses on air-breathing propulsion; communications; in-space propulsion and cryogenic fluids management; power, energy storage and conversion; materials and structures for extreme environments; and physical sciences and biomedical technologies in space.