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03-034
For Release: May 22, 2003

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


Public Access Suspended to NASA Glenn's Visitor Center

In response to the recent raise to the national threat level by the Department of Homeland Security, access is suspended to the general public visiting NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center until further notice.

During this time, only prearranged groups included school bus field trips for grades K-12 will continue to be offered to groups of 20 or more. A variety of programs are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Reservations are required 6-8 weeks in advance and can be made by calling 216-433-3156. Groups that had previously arranged weekend programs should call to reconfirm their reservation.

In addition, the Educator Resource Center, located within Glenn's Visitor Center will continue to support Graded School Programs with NASA-produced educational materials. Educators must schedule an appointment, made at least one week in advance, by calling 216-433-2017.

All scheduled adult visitors must be U.S. citizens and are required to present a valid, government-issued photo identification upon arrival. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. Firearms, ammunition and explosives, hazardous chemicals and dangerous weapons are among the items that are prohibited.

While the general public does not have access to tour the Visitor Center, there are opportunities available for NASA to provide educational and informational programs to schools, professional, technical, civic and social organizations, libraries and museums. Glenn's Visitor Center manages an active Speakers Bureau and a Traveling Exhibits program designed to take the excitement of air and space programs beyond its gates. The Speakers Bureau and Traveling Exhibits program are free services of Glenn's Community and Media Relations Office. For more information or to schedule a speaker call 216-433-2003, or to school a traveling exhibit call 216-433-6291.

More information Glenn's Visitor Center, including all of the programs mentioned, can be found at: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc

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