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02-043
For Release: June 25, 2002

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


Glenn's Visitor Center Hosts Aerospace Transportation Day

Come to NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for an event the whole family can enjoy. At Glenn's Aerospace Transportation Day, guests will learn from Center experts about the history of aerospace transportation starting with the Wright Brothers and progressing to the next generation of flight and beyond.

Glenn aerospace engineers will give presentations on futuristic topics that include Next Generation of Aerospace Transportation, Aerospace Propulsion Systems and Mars Travel and Beyond. They will also help visitors gain a glimpse into how flight began with a dramatic portrayal of the Wright Brothers. Additionally, a Glenn test pilot will explain where our nation's aeronautics program stands today and what advances the Center has made in the discipline of flight research.

Throughout the day, families can participate in activities that offer hands-on fun. Glenn staff will instruct children on how to create paper gliders, rubberband rockets and sundials. They will also show off their artistic side by face painting and their analytical side with an aeronautics computer demonstration named FoilSim. As a special treat, Eva the Inflatable Astronaut, Glenn's larger-than-life costumed character, will make a guest appearance. Visitors can take home souvenir photos, free literature, stickers and more.

All adult visitors must have a valid, government-issued photo ID to enter Glenn. Foreign nationals (subject to restrictions) must present a visa or passport. Admission to the Visitor Center is free and there is wheelchair accessibility. Normal hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Sundays 1 - 5 p.m. For more information call 216-433-2000.

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