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Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

October 15, 2004
RELEASE : 04-077
Glenn to Officially Reopen Relocated Research Facility

NASA Glenn Research Center and the City of Cleveland are celebrating the opening of the relocated Small Multipurpose Research Facility in a dedication ceremony on Monday, October 18, at 1 p.m. The recently completed facility was constructed by the City of Cleveland to clear the path for the construction of the new runway 6L-24R at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Center Director Dr. Julian Earls, Deputy Director Richard Christiansen, Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell and Director of the Department of Port Control John Mok will be attending the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a media opportunity at the Lewis Little Folks Daycare Center where officials will be given a tour of this relocated facility by several students. A recognition ceremony at the Picnic Grounds will follow for both the Glenn and City of Cleveland relocation team workers. These facilities, along with several others, were also relocated by the City of Cleveland to make way for the airport expansion.

"The construction of these relocated facilities is an excellent example of the 'good-neighbor' relationship we have with the City of Cleveland," said Center Director Julian Earls. "I am pleased that we worked together in this win-win solution."

The Small Multipurpose Research Facility specializes as a low-cost small scale screening facility for cryogenic fluid management concepts, component and subsystem testing, and long term cryogenic storage using liquid hydrogen. It provides the ability to simulate space pressures and temperatures as well as launch pressure environments. In addition, the facility includes the Cryogenic Components Lab and shop area, which conducts low-cost small scale testing of cryogenic components.

Several other NASA research facilities that were in the path of the new runway have been relocated to NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

News media representatives interested in attending the dedication ceremony should contact Lori Rachul or the Media Relations Office at (216) 433-2901 by 11 a.m. on Oct. 18 in order to be cleared through security and escorted to the event.


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