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03-027
For Release: April 29, 2003

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


NASA Glenn Research Center Reopens General Public Access to Visitor Center

NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center has resumed its regular operations for general public access. Access to the Visitor Center had been suspended to the general public on March 24 with only prearranged groups being able to tour the Visitor Center.

Guests of all ages can come to Glenn's Visitor Center to learn more about air and space travel while gaining a new perspective on the universe in which we live. Visitors will be able to explore the interactive exhibits located in 6 galleries covering 6,000 square feet, including Aero Adventure: Innovating Tomorrow's Engines, John Glenn: Tribute to an American Hero and Space Communications.

"Our Visitor Center provides a vital service to both the young and young at heart who want to learn more about NASA," said Linda Dukes-Campbell, chief of the community and Media Relations Office. "We're really glad to be back at our normal operating level."

The Visitor Center also provides special weekend programming with interesting lecturers and unique programs focusing on NASA's missions. Visitors can learn about the International Space Station and all its exciting activities, or as part of Glenn's celebration of the Centennial of Flight, journey back in time to hear Orville and Wilbur Wright discuss their various flight tests and other experiments.

Admission to the Visitor Center is free and wheelchair accessible. 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.

The Visitor Center is located inside Glenn's main gate. Visitors should be advised that due to heightened security at Glenn, there may be a slight delay upon entering the Center. A photo ID of all adult visitors will be required and all vehicles are subject to inspection.

For more information about the Visitor Center, please call 216-433-2001 or find it on the Internet at: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc.htm

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