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News Release 99-54

For Release: June 28, 1999

Sally V. Harrington
(Bus: 216/433-2037)

NASA Glenn Offers Interesting Educational Programs and Exhibits Throughout the Summer of 1999

At its Visitor Center and at events around the Greater Cleveland area during July, August and September, NASA Glenn Research Center will offer numerous opportunities for the public to learn about the many exciting programs NASA is involved in.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 11-the first manned lunar landing and return to Earth. After launch on July 16, the lunar landing module touched down in the Sea of Tranquillity on July 20, and Neil A. Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon. Fellow astronauts, Michael Collins and Edwin A. Aldrin, joined him on this historic flight.

In recognition of the Apollo 11 flight, the U.S. Postal Service will have a special, one-of-a-kind stamp cancellation at the Glenn Visitor Center Saturday, July 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

During the weekend there also will be two lectures related to Apollo 11 and the Apollo program. On Saturday, July 17, at 1 p.m., Robert Graham, a retired Glenn engineer, will present a lecture entitled "The Center Connection to the Apollo Program: Hydrogen Propulsion and Neil Armstrong." In addition to discussing how Glenn was involved in the Apollo missions, Graham will tell of his personal encounters with Neil Armstrong.

The following day, Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m., another lecture, "Journey to the Moon: The Cleveland Connection," will be presented by Jeff Woytach, a Glenn engineer. He will discuss the steps that led up to the lunar landing and the pivotal roles played by Cleveland's Glenn Research Center in reaching this milestone in space exploration.

Registration is required for both lectures. Visitors should call 216-433-2000. Deadline for registering is Thursday, July 15.

The regularly scheduled Saturday tour will not take place on July 17 due to these special activities. It will resume in August.

The Apollo Program will also be featured in the weekend video programming at the Visitor Center during the third quarter of 1999. Videos will be shown on a giant screen in the auditorium of the Visitor Center at noon on Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

In July, "Apollo 11: The Eagle Has Landed," tells the story of the historic first landing of men on the Moon in July 1969. Principle events of the mission from launch through post recovery activities of Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are featured. Through television, motion pictures and still photography, the program provides an "eyewitness" perspective of the Apollo 11 mission.

The August video, "Time of Apollo," is a tribute to the accomplishment of the task set forth by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 that "This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth."

During September, "Apollo 13-Houston We've Got a Problem" documents the dramatic fight to return the crew of the Apollo 13 mission safely to Earth following an explosion aboard the service module. It emphasizes the teamwork demonstrated by mission control and the crewmen aboard the spacecraft in overcoming the life-or-death problems of Apollo 13 as well as the worldwide reaction to the crisis.

Tours of selected research facilities are available every Wednesday and on the third Saturday of each month. There is a maximum of 20 persons per tour; reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be at least 13 years of age. Reservations for Wednesday tours can be taken up until noon that day; reservations for the Saturday tours must be made by the prior Thursday. The number to call for reservations is 216-433-2000.

The several galleries of the Visitor Center are open throughout the year. Hours of operation are as follows: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is also open on holidays, including Fourth of July from 1 to 5 p.m. and Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the Visitor Center is free. The galleries are wheelchair accessible except for a small portion-the upstairs balcony.

Community Outreach Activities

NASA Glenn Research Center will have exhibits at several events in Greater Cleveland this summer. Look for us at the 8th Annual KidsFest at the Nautica Entertainment Complex on July 16, 17 and 18, the Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea August 9 through 15 and at the Cleveland National Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport on September 4, 5 and 6.

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