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03-060
For Release: September 30, 2003

Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office
216-433-5795
sallie.a.keith@nasa.gov

Visitor Center Hosts Centennial of Flight Celebration

Join the NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. as they pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The original date was postponed due to the effects of the power blackout on August 14. This free event will honor the pioneers of aviation and highlight the role NASA played in advancing flight.

Take a walk back in time to the early 1900s with "Orville Wright" and learn about the flight tests and other experiments that he and his brother Wilbur performed from 1900-1905. Orville will demonstrate the Wright Brothers unique wing-warping technique for control, engine development, propellers and wind tunnel testing that are still in use today. Allen Loew, Visitor Center volunteer, will portray Orville Wright during presentations held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be special children's activities available along with the "Picture Yourself in Space" photo booth, where the whole family will enjoy becoming astronauts for a day. There will also be free literature, stickers, bookmarks, and more for everyone to take home. In addition, all of the Visitor Center's regular exhibits will be open.

Admission to the Visitor Center is free. Advanced registration is required to attend the Centennial of Flight Celebration. To register, call 216-433-9653.

All adult visitors must present a government issued photo identification to obtain entrance to the center. Access to the center by foreign nationals is subject to restrictions. Foreign nationals should call 216-433-2000 in advance for details. All vehicles are subject to inspection. The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

More information about the Celebration and the Visitor Center, along with directions, is available online: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc.htm

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