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04-043
For Release: June 14, 2004

Sally V. Harrington
Media Relations Office
216/433-2037
Sally.V.Harrington@nasa.gov


Star Gazing at the Visitor Center

The NASA Glenn Research Center, in partnership with Schuele Planetarium and the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, will host an all day and into the night "Star Gazing" astronomy extravaganza on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Glenn Visitor Center.

This extended-hours event at the Visitor Center will provide an opportunity for visitors to experience an exciting day of activities, crafts, presentations and fun. There will be telescopes set up outdoors for nighttime star gazing (weather permitting) until 11 p.m.

Jay Reynolds, director of Schuele Planetarium at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and NASA Solar System Ambassador, and representatives from the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association will make presentations through the day and early evening starting with "Twinkle Tots," a basic look at stars for young people. Other presentations feature a demonstration on how comets are created, new tools astronomers use to discover wonders never before seen, what to look for when purchasing a telescope and Mars through the eyes of the Rovers and orbital satellites. At 7 p.m. Reynolds will explain what can be can seen in the night sky, and then visitors may go outside to look for Jupiter, star clusters, nebulas and more.

Also take time to visit the other displays and interactive exhibits on air and space travel. Exhibits include a moon rock, an Apollo capsule, a flight simulator and a wind tunnel display.

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

All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering Glenn's Main Gate. Foreign nationals (subject to restrictions) must present a visa or passport. 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. The Visitor Center is open everyday except major holidays.

For more information, call the NASA Glenn Visitor Center at 216-433-2000 or go to http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc.htm

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