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Explore Locomotion on Planets
October 3, 2015

Explore the Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) facility, which is home to a 60-foot long,  20-foot wide sandpit filled with simulated lunar soil and a lunar rover testbed. Other areas simulate Martian soil conditions. Research in this facility will help NASA develop the components of rovers capable of traveling long distances and investigating planetary surfaces during future human and robotic missions to keep NASA’s journey to Mars moving forward.


Tour buses depart from the Main Gate of NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at the following times:

  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.

Please note the following important guidelines:

  • Advanced registration guarantees admission to the tour.
  • Access to the Saturday tour program is limited to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).
  • All adult visitors are required to present government-issued photo identification, and LPRs are required to present their Permanent Resident Card. This includes bus drivers for scheduled groups.
  • NASA reserves the right to limit the use of cameras and cell phones during the tour.

More Information: 
Facility Tour Schedule
> Glenn Research Center Events

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A test rover rolls through simulated lunar soil in the SLOPE facility.
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