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For Release: March 15, 2002

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

NASA Glenn Visitor Center To Distribute Ohio Quarter

Guests to NASA's Glenn Research Center Visitor Center will have the opportunity to obtain "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers," the Ohio Quarter that will be officially released on Monday, March 18.

Aviation and space enthusiasts will join coin collectors in the excitement over the new Ohio quarter that features the 1905 Wright Flyer and an astronaut superimposed over an outline of Ohio.

"We were able to acquire a limited supply of the new quarters so they would be available to the public at the Visitor Center Gift Shop shortly after the coin is officially unveiled," said Mark Betlejewski, business manager for Glenn's Exchange operating the Gift Shop.

Representatives from Glenn will join John Glenn, Ohio Governor Bob Taft and officials from the United States Mint when they officially launch the Ohio Quarter on Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Modern Flight Gallery at the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

Visitors, area students who will be at the Visitor Center on Monday learning about what it's like to live and work in space, as well as Glenn employees will be among the first to exchange one quarter for the new Ohio quarter. Due to limited supply, there will be one exchange per visitor. The Visitor Center Gift Shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday 1- 5 p.m. All adult visitors must show photo identification in order to gain access to the Center.

Four of the first-minted "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers" quarters were on-board the recently landed shuttle Columbia whose 11-day mission repaired the Hubbell telescope. Two astronauts with Ohio ties carried the early-minted Ohio quarters: Nancy Currie is a native of Troy, Ohio, and Richard Linnehan, like Currie, is a graduate of Ohio State University. Along with having John Glenn as its namesake, the Center has a rich history of aviation and space exploration. Since 1941, the men and women of Glenn have been pioneers and innovators who have expanded horizons and opened frontiers for our explorers in air and space.

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