Visitor Center Offers Mars Briefings
Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office
Space enthusiasts eager for all the latest information
on the red planet will find a unique opportunity when
the NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center hosts
a special Mars briefing on Saturday, January 17.
Mike Blair, a professional geologist and Visitor
Center docent, will speak on the history of Mars and
compare the makeup of Mars and Earth from 11 a.m. to
noon. From 1 to 2 p.m. Joe Kolecki, a consultant to
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission and a
physicist at Glenn, will provide an overview of Mars
and discuss the MER and the future of Mars
exploration. Both briefings will include a question
and answer session.
In addition to the guest speakers, the Visitor Center
will have new images of Mars on display, including
some three-dimensional photographs. Viewing glasses
will be provided. There will also be a variety of
activities for students and a "Picture Yourself on
Mars" photo booth, where the whole family will enjoy
becoming astronauts for the day.
Admission to the Visitor Center is free and is
wheelchair accessible. Advanced registration is
required for the Mars briefings. To register, call 216-433-9653.
All adult visitors must present a government issued
photo identification to obtain entrance to the center.
Access to the center by foreign nationals is subject
to restrictions. Foreign nationals should call
216-433-2000 in advance for details. 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.
NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center is located
at 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland. It offers
interactive exhibits on air and space travel in four
galleries covering 6,000 square feet. Regular
exhibits include: AeroAdventure: Innovating Tomorrow's Engines; John
Glenn: Tribute to America's Hero; and Space Communications.
More information on the Visitor Center, along with
directions, is available online: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/Doc/visitgrc/htm