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Press Release 97-36

Sally V. Harrington
NASA Lewis Research Center
(Bus: 216/433-2037)


CLEVELAND, OH-- Learn more about NASA Lewis’ microgravity research program and its importance onboard the upcoming shuttle mission by participating in special tours and exhibits at the NASA Lewis Visitor Center. These unique tours and exhibits, available to the general public, coincide with the reflight of Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 on the space shuttle Columbia scheduled to lift-off on July 1.

During the course of the MSL-1 mission tour stops will include the Zero-G Research Facility, Lewis’ 500-foot drop tower which was developed to support microgravity research and development programs that investigate various physical sciences, materials, fluid physics, and combustion and processing systems; and the High Bay Area in the Space Experiments Laboratory, which was designed to support the development of large microgravity experiments such as the Combustion Module-1 that will fly on MSL-1.

These tour stops will be included on the Wednesday and Saturday tours from July 2 -16. Wednesday tours will be held at 2 p.m and the Saturday tours will be held at 11 a.m. with additional tour times at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on July 12.

Visitors will also be able to experience interactive exhibits in the Visitor Center: the Microgravity Laboratory mock-up, in which visitors can see hardware from previous space shuttle missions and perform hands-on "glovebox" experiments, and a brand new Drop Tower exhibit, which allows visitors to conduct a microgravity experiment.

In addition to the exhibits and tour stops, visitors are invited to view the lift-off of the space shuttle Columbia, STS-94, scheduled for Tuesday, July 1, 1997 at 2:37 p.m. EST in the Visitor Center Auditorium.

The Visitor Center is open seven days a week. Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesday until 8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible and admission is free.

Pre-registration is required for the tours of the laboratory facilities. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 433-3156 or (216) 433-2814.

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