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For Release: April 16, 2002

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Ideas For Mars Airplane Take Flight

It's possible that an aircraft will be flown on Mars sometime during the 21st century. A special program at NASA Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center, Cleveland encourages the public to explore the possibility by designing their interpretations of what a Mars airplane could look like.

On Saturday, April 27 from 1 - 2:30 p.m., Glenn will host a Family Space Day Activity in its Visitor Center Auditorium. Families will learn about the necessities for flight on Mars during a presentation by a Glenn aerospace engineer. Following the presentation, children and adults may attend a session with Glenn's education specialists during which they have the opportunity to design, build and test paper airplane models at activity tables.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early at the Visitor Center and take advantage of exhibits related to the day's activity. For example, at the Solar System Scale, visitors can find out how much they would weigh on each planet in the solar system, including Mars. Learn more about the science of flight and its propulsion at the interactive "AeroAdventure: Innovating Tomorrow's Engines" gallery, which demonstrates how Glenn is revolutionizing tomorrow's engines. Gain inspiration for Mars airplane designs by discovering how Glenn aerospace researchers seek solutions to aviation challenges and find exciting new ways to obtain high performance results.

All adult visitors must have a valid photo ID in order to enter Glenn. Admission to the Visitor Center is free and there is wheelchair accessibility. Normal hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and Sundays 1 - 5 p.m. For more information, call 216-433-2000.

Note to Editors: Media representatives interested in covering the event should call ahead to Barbara Kakiris or the Visitor Center the day of the event in order to be cleared through security.

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