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For Release: July 6, 2001

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office
216/433-2901

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
Lori.J.Rachul@nasa.gov


Public Invited to celebrate NASA Glenn's 60th Anniversary

Like most 60-year olds, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH has a lot of wisdom and experience. Come hear the stories that the Center has to tell during its 60th Anniversary celebration, Saturday July 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 15 from 1 - 5 p.m. in Glenn's Visitor Center.

During the celebration, guests will be able to visit activity booths for children, enjoy guest appearances by Eva the astronaut, Glenn's new larger-than-life costumed character, as well as take home free souvenir photos and handouts. Other special attractions include having a slice of Glenn's anniversary cake and viewing video presentations in the Visitor Center auditorium titled "Living and Working in Space" and "The International Space Station."

On Saturday, guests will have an opportunity to tour Glenn's Abe Silverstein 10- by 10-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which is the largest and fastest wind tunnel at the Center. The facility was designed for testing supersonic propulsion components, aircraft and launch vehicles. Throughout its history, it has made valuable contributions to vehicle-focused research programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter, a new military aircraft under development, and the High Speed Research Program, designed to develop the technology needed to make a 21st Century High-Speed (Mach 2.4) Civil Transport environmentally compatible and economically practical, as well as to fundamental aeropropulsion technology research.

The tour is part of Glenn's 60th Anniversary Saturday Tour Series, which includes monthly tours of the Center's world-class facilities. Tours will start at 11 a.m. and continue at half hour intervals through 2 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Both the Visitor Center and tour facility are wheelchair accessible. Public inquiries regarding the events can be made by calling Glenn's Visitor Center at 216-433-2000. Media representatives interested in attending an event should call Barbara Kakiris.

Formally renamed in 1999 as Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, Glenn provides Northeast Ohio with thousands of jobs in technical fields and develops technology for U.S. industry, resulting in major advancements in commercial products used in the air, in space and on the ground.

For more information about Glenn's Visitor Center, see:
        http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc.htm

For more information about Glenn's history, see:
        http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/PAO/html/history.htm

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