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Sallie A. Keith
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Sallie.A.Keith@nasa.gov

February 28, 2005
 
RELEASE : 05-006
 
 
NASA's Visitor Center Continues "Third Saturday" Series
 
 
Interested in learning more about astronomy, robotic missions to the solar system or designing state-of-the-art space propulsion systems? Then make sure to sign up for an upcoming "Third Saturday" program at the NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center, Cleveland, where topics like these and others will be explored.

The popular "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. Throughout the day, free souvenir photos will be available at the "Picture Yourself in Space" digital photo booth. Kids can participate in "make and take" crafts and pick up interesting handouts. Visitors interested in attending one of the presentations should call 216-433-9653 to register and guarantee admission.

All of the Visitor Center's regular exhibits and historic artifacts will also be on display. 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:

March 19 - Cars in Space - The NASA Auto Show
Discover the history of roving vehicles in space.

April 16 - Star Gazing (special night-time hours 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.)
Join the party as the Visitor Center teams up with the Schuele Planetarium. Learn about astronomy and telescopes as you peruse the night sky.

May 21 - Ohio Astronauts
Find out about the history of astronauts from the Buckeye State and the impact they have had on our nation's space program.

June 18 - Stardust: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors
Learn about these little-known members of the solar system and the missions launched to investigate them. Missions such as Stardust, Deep Impact and Dawn will be discussed.

July 16 - Space Memorabilia Show
Join other space enthusiasts as the Visitor Center hosts a space memorabilia show and swap meet, highlighting artifacts from space programs throughout the world.

September 17 - Cleveland's Aerospace History
Discover Cleveland's role in the field of aerospace development. Find out Glenn Research Center's involvement in X-Planes, air races and the aerospace industry.

October 15 - Chemistry - The Joy of Toys
In conjunction with the American Chemical Society and National Chemistry Week, the Visitor Center will host hands-on activities for students and presentations on chemistry as it relates to toys.

November 19 - NASA Art
See how artists are recording the history of space exploration in paintings, sculpture and music. Enjoy an art show from the NASA Art Program archives.

December 28 - Warp Drive, When? (Wednesday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Spend part of your holiday break at this special weekday offering and learn more about chemical, electrical, nuclear and exotic methods of space propulsion.

The Visitor Center is located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Admission to the Visitor Center is free and the building is wheel chair 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://visit.grc.nasa.gov

 

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