For Release: July 1, 1997
Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
RELEASE NO. 97-045
JULY 19 OPEN HOUSE TO MARK NASA LANGLEY'S 80th
The public is invited to see behind the scenes July 19 at NASA's
first aeronautics and space research center as NASA Langley
celebrates its 80th anniversary with an open house.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will step inside a mammoth wind
tunnel, watch a high-speed carriage run where Space Shuttle tires
are tested, learn what is being done to increase safety of aging
aircraft, experience jet noise and sonic boom demonstrations, see
aircraft cockpit simulators in operation and much, much more.
Antique autos will be on display, provided by the Colonial
Virginia Model A Ford Club. The display is a recognition that -
through technology spinoffs - NASA Langley has made direct and
indirect contributions to the U.S. auto industry.
The U.S. Postal Service will provide a special commemorative
pictorial cancellation that celebrates NASA Langley's 80th
anniversary. A selection of aircraft-related commemorative stamps
will be available. As a special treat for children, there will be
free coloring and puzzle books.
As now planned, children and adults, alike, may have their photo
taken with a NASA astronaut. Visitors may bring their own camera or
pay a small fee to have their photo taken during an hour to be
Educational opportunities include free informational materials
on NASA programs and projects, aerospace lectures each hour, free
aerospace-related movies and a demonstration by the Amateur
Satellite Observers of Southeastern Virginia. The "Building
Structures in Space" Lego activity challenges children to build
structures with space gloves. A judged NASA coloring activity is
On loan from the Virginia Air & Space Center will be the
popular "Spaceball" that will allow children to experience
Educators may want to learn how NASA Langley has used its
experience in high performance computing and communications to
develop a low-cost networking system for Internet access for the
Children can take part in model rocket launches sponsored by the
National Space Society. Rocket kits will be available at $5.
Participating Boy Scouts who arrive at the NASA picnic area by 10
a.m. can earn their space exploration merit badge.
A series of atmospheric science overviews will begin at 9:15
with a special presentation for children. Thereafter,general
audience presentations will begin each hour on the hour by top
atmospheric scientists in his or her field on subjects from clouds
and climate to biomass burning and ozone.
For eight decades, Langley has been instrumental in shaping
aerospace history. Established in 1917 as the first national civil
aeronautics laboratory, Langley has become a comprehensive,
world-class center for research in aeronautics, atmospheric
sciences and space technology.
NASA Langley Research Center is located in Hampton, three miles
off Interstate 64. Both the main gate, off Commander Shepard Blvd.,
and the Wythe Creek gate will be open on July 19.
Free parking is provided. Souvenirs, food and beverages will be
available for purchase. All facilities are accessible or partially
accessible to the disabled. For more information, contact NASA,
Office of Public Services, (757) 864-3309 or see "Open House" on
NASA Langley's home page at:
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Escorts will be available during open house to assist news media
who wish to cover the event. Report to the media center at the Reid
Conference Center, B.1222, or call 715-0148 the day of the
We would be happy to accommodate those who would like to do a
story in advance of the Open House. Historic photos, background
materials, a five-minute video news release and interview
opportunities are available by calling Keith Henry at 864-6120 or
Mary Spracher at 864-6128.
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