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03-082
For Release: November 24, 2003

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

MISSION: OUT OF THIS WORLD HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Clevelanders looking for unique holiday gifts will not have to travel far to find presents that are out of this world. The NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) will be operating a gift shop this holiday season in the Galleria at Erieview. The store will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 31. Indoor parking is free on Saturdays.

Items previously available only onsite at GRC will now be more accessible to the general public. In addition to t-shirts and other NASA clothing, parents will find astronaut ice cream and other space-related gifts for kids of all ages.

The store also boasts exhibits similar to those found at the GRC Visitor Center. Shoppers will have an opportunity to operate an interactive wind tunnel display and informational kiosk. They will also be able to view a tire that flew as part of the landing gear on the Space Shuttle Discovery, a scale model of the International Space Station and an astronaut's space suit.

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to participate in the holiday season with Greater Cleveland," said John Hairston, Director, External Programs Directorate at GRC. "NASA has a wonderful story and this store offers us a chance to share it with Clevelanders."

Saturday shoppers may be lucky enough to spot "Eva," the Visitor Center's 8-ft. tall inflatable astronaut, roaming around the Galleria. Visitor Center personnel will be on hand on scheduled occasions to answer questions and invite visitors to GRC. Informational handouts will be available for shoppers to take home as well.

The gift shop is operated under the NASA Glenn Research Center's Exchange. It exists to contribute to the welfare, efficiency and effectiveness of the people who work at Glenn Research Center.

GRC's Visitor Center is located at 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland. It is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Visitors can learn more about air and space travel while gaining a new perspective on the universe. There are interactive exhibits located in six galleries covering 6,000 square feet including: AeroAdventure: Innovating Tomorrow's Engines; John Glenn: Tribute to America's Hero; and Space Communications. Access may be restricted, vistors should call 216-433-2001 in advance. Admission is free. More information about the Visitor Center is available online: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc.htm

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