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While Clevelanders enjoy July 4th festivities later this year, three NASA Lewis Research Center designed and built experiments will celebrate American independence in historic fashion. The experiments, which will land on the Red Planet as part of the Mars Pathfinder mission, were launched from Kennedy Space Center atop a Delta rocket on Dec. 2. The experiments will investigate the Martian environment and its effect on robotic surface exploration systems—paving the way for future missions to confirm or disprove that life once existed on Mars.
On Dec. 16, NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin confirmed the Agency’s commitment to the renaissance of U.S. general aviation with the signing of Notices of Agreement for the development of two revolutionary engines under the General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) program. Two company project teams led by Williams International Co. of Walled Lake, MI, and Teledyne Continental Motors of Mobile, AL, were chosen to develop technologies for revolutionary turbine and intermittent combustion engines, respectively. The signing of these agreements places NASA in the forefront of revitalizing general aviation while making NASA Lewis a vital partner with industry in retrieving the nation’s market share in small engines. In addition to managing the GAP program, NASA Lewis will provide resources such as technical leadership and test facilities.
NASA Lewis employees helped celebrate Cleveland’s bicentennial through a number of activities that underscored the Center’s long standing tradition of community outreach. Employees designed a float featuring a simulated space shuttle launch, which won first place in its category in the Fox 8/American Legion/Bicentennial Parade held Nov. 30. NASA Lewis Model Development Shop artisans constructed the Bicentennial Educators Time Capsule that was buried beneath the Focault Pendulum in the lobby of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Dec. 14. The time capsule—built in the shape of a star and composed of woods native to Ohio—will be opened during Cleveland’s 250th birthday celebration in 2046. NASA Lewis also displayed exhibits at the Cleveland National Air Show held Labor Day weekend to pay tribute to the city’s role in aviation history.
On Oct. 1, NASA Lewis concluded the first phase of its Strategic Plan by realigning personnel and organizations to focus programmatic responsibility along product lines in aeronautics and space. The realignment emphasizes Integrated Product Teams and creates an environment in which all employees’ talents and expertise are fully utilized. This restructuring is consistent with the spirit and intent of the Clinton Administration’s National Performance Review that calls for a better, faster, cheaper way of providing service to customers.
NASA Lewis, the Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (GLITeC) and the Youngstown Business Incubator recently entered into an Interagency Agreement to engage in mutually beneficial cooperative activities that will stimulate the creation of new products and jobs through the transfer and commercialization of NASA Lewis technologies. Under the agreement, the three organizations will leverage their unique and complementary strengths with the intent of spurring economic growth in the Youngstown area.
NASA Lewis Director Donald Campbell recently visited the Shoes for Kids warehouse on the Eastside to present a $3,000 check to Chairman Morrie Sayre. This was the third year NASA Lewis’ Shoe Fund teamed with Shoes for Kids to provide basic necessities for local children throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain and adjoining counties. Shoes for Kids has helped more than one million children in need since its founding in 1969.
Approximately 250 primary and secondary students representing Young Astronaut clubs from across Northeast Ohio converged on the Center Nov. 9, for the Fourth Annual Young Astronauts Day. Students participated in a number of fun and challenging competitions including a paper airplane glider fly-off; a building block structure contest; an egg drop in NASA Lewis’ 2.2 Second Drop Tower; an airship challenge and a rocket car contest. The event, which was sponsored by NASA Lewis’ Office of Educational Programs, the Northern Ohio Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Cleveland Technical Societies Council, provided opportunities for students to learn about science and space through hands-on activities and meet other students who share common interests.
Information about other activities and programs available from our Press Release Archive.
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