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Press Release 93-46
Lori J. Rachul
(Bus: 216/433-8806)

Lewis Employee Suggests Way to Take the Ultimate Walk -- Through the Solar System

Cleveland, OH -- NASA Lewis Research Center employee Martin Mayer submitted a suggestion for creating a Solar System Walk--Lewis, Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland Public Schools have teamed up to turn this suggestion into reality.

Initially, Mayer's Solar System Walk suggestion utilized the Center's grounds, but Lewis wanted to find a way the entire community could benefit from this educational "walk."

That is when Lewis approached Cleveland Metroparks to share in this joint venture.

The Solar System Walk consists of signposts representing the nine planets. Each signpost has a picture, informational and scientific data of the planet. These signposts are situated along a trail at their average distances from the Sun. The scale used is 1 foot = 1 million miles; the entire length of the trail is approximately three-fourths of a mile. The "walk"begins at South Mastick Picnic Area.

The "walk" has been designed to serve as an educational experience for people of all ages. It is designed to give an appreciation for the enormous size of our universe and as an educational tool to help teach math and science concepts to students of all ages.

The Cleveland Public Schools has also been involved and will use the "walk" for field trips to experience nature and exercise while learning science and math.

"It's great to be part of this project," said Mayer, "especially since it will be giving school children a way to actually visualize the size of the solar system."

Mayer submitted his suggestion in September 1992 through the Suggestion Awards Program at Lewis. He is an engineering technician in the Facilities Operations Division. He and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Mayfield Hts., Ohio.

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