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04-059
For Release: August 20, 2004

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

NASA's VISITOR CENTER ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Discovering spin-off technology, returning the Space Shuttle to flight status, and NASA's great observatories - these are just some of the exciting topics to be presented in the coming months during the "Third Saturday" series at NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland. While guests can tour the Visitor Center seven days a week, the "Third Saturday" series features special activities and an opportunity to hear directly from expert engineers and scientists at presentations held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors interested in attending one of the presentations should call 216-433-9653 to register and guarantee admission.

All of the Center's regular exhibits and historic artifacts will also be available. Regular exhibits include a moon rock, an original Apollo Command Module, a flight simulator and over 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on air and space travel.

Upcoming events include:

August 21 - Why on Earth Do We Spend Our Tax Dollars in Space?

Technology developed by NASA's research is used every day worldwide. Learn more about the "spin-off" benefits for all humanity.

September 18 - NASA's Return to Flight

Learn more about the Columbia accident investigation, Glenn's research in support of the investigation as well as NASA's plans for continued space exploration.

October 16 - Chemistry - From Kitchens to Rockets

Join the Visitor Center as it celebrates National Chemistry Week. Hands-on presentations will cover various aspects of chemistry as they relate to the science of aerospace and the practical aspects of cooking.

November 20 - NASA's Great Observatories

You recognize the name "Hubble" and maybe even "Chandra" but how about "Compton" and "Spitzer"? They are the names of NASA's space-based observatories, each named after a great scientist. Come learn more about each one and see some of the incredible images of distant galaxies they have captured.

December 29 - Earth's Only Moon (Wednesday)

Since the beginning of time, man has been fascinated with the Moon. Spend part of your holiday break at this special weekday offering and learn more about the Moon, early exploration efforts and future plans.

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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