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04-053
For Release: July 14, 2004

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

DISCOVER SATURN AT THE NASA GLENN VISITOR CENTER

Want to find out what NASA is discovering during its close encounter with Saturn? Join NASA at the Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and learn more about Saturn, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft and Glenn's role in this important mission.

Mike Blair, a geologist and Visitor Center docent, will speak from 11 a.m. to noon on the history of Saturn and discuss some of the missions to this amazing planet. From 1 to 2 p.m. he will provide a status report on the Cassini-Huygens mission. Call 216-433-9653 to register and guarantee admission to the presentations.

In addition to seeing the latest images of Saturn from Cassini, visitors will be able to explore the Visitor Center and view a simulated rocket launch, get a free souvenir photo at the "Picture Yourself in Space" exhibit and find out their weight on Saturn and the other planets at the solar system weight scale. Additional Visitor Center exhibits include a moon rock, a real Apollo command module and a flight simulator.

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

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

Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information about the Visitor Center, call 216-433-2000 or visit:

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc.htm

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