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04-031
For Release: May 17, 2004

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

"Astronaut 101 Course" at Glenn Visitor Center

So, you want to be an astronaut and you wonder what kind of education an astronaut needs, how they get selected, and what kind of training they go through? The next generation of explorers can get answers to these questions and more on Saturday, May 22, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the "So, You Want to be an Astronaut" event at NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bryan Palaszewski, a Glenn researcher and rocket scientist, will relate the education, selection, training and preparation needed before an astronaut can fly in space. Call 216-433-9653 to register and guarantee your admission to one of the presentations.

And there are more astronaut-related things to see and do. View a real Apollo command module retrieved after the Skylab 3 mission, the second manned mission to the first American space station. Do fun and exciting hands-on activities. Get a free souvenir photograph. Find out how much you would weigh on Mars and the other planets.

Then take time to visit the other displays and interactive exhibits on air and space travel. Regular exhibits include a moon rock, a flight simulator and a wind tunnel display.

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

All adult visitors must present a government-issued photo identification upon entering the Main Gate of the Center. Access by foreign nationals is subject to restrictions. All vehicles are subject to inspection.

Normal hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For more information about the Visitor Center, call 216-433-2000 or on the Internet: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc.htm.

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