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Breeze Through a Wind Tunnel
June 1, 2013

Join the NASA Glenn Research Center on June 1, and step inside a real wind tunnel. You'll find out how engineers can test airplanes and spacecraft in flight conditions without ever leaving the ground.

[image-62] Also known as the 8x6, this facility has been actively involved in research testing for over 50 years. Researchers test airplanes and spacecraft in the conditions they would encounter while flying through the atmosphere.

Wind tunnels make it possible for researchers to take measurements often impossible while an object is in flight or orbit.

Aircraft such as the Advanced Turboprop, the Natiaonal Aerospace Plane, the Joint Strike Fighter and the High-Speed Civil Transport have been tested in this facility.

One-hour tours begin in the Briefing Center Auditorium at the following times:

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.

Please note the following important guidelines:

  • Advanced registration guarantees admission to the tour that begins at the Briefing Center.
    • Access to the Saturday tour program is limited to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).
    • All adult visitors are required to present government-issued photo identification, and LPRs are required to present their Permanent Resident Card. This includes bus drivers for scheduled groups.
    • NASA reserves the right to limit the use of cameras and cell phones during the tour.

More Information:
>  Facility Tour Schedule
>  Glenn Research Center Events

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testing a model in the 8x6 wind tunnel
Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Aero Acoustic Test of launch abort system in the 8'x6' Supersonic Wind Tunnel.
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Page Last Updated: August 13th, 2013
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