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Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office
August 3, 2005
RELEASE : 05-029
Daily Talks at Visitor Center Highlight Return to Flight
NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, wraps up its series of talks each day this week and continuing through the weekend to highlight the challenges and successes during Space Shuttle Discovery's mission.

Each talk begins at 2:30 p.m. in Glenn's Visitor Center and will begin with the day's highlights of activities on STS-114. Following each talk, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the speaker during a question and answer session.

Today, Wednesday, August 3, a panel of NASA Glenn researchers will describe the experiments they helped develop, which astronaut Soichi Noguchi installed earlier this morning to test the effects of the space environment on a number of materials and on new solar cell technologies. Kim de Groh will speak about the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) designed to investigate the effects of long-term exposure of materials to the harsh environment of space. David Wilt and Mike Piszczor will describe the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiment (FTCSE), built as part of MISSE. Mike Krasowski and Lawrence Greer will explain Glenn's role in developing the electronics for FTSCE.

On Thursday, August 4, Roy Sullivan will talk about Glenn's efforts in improving NASA's understanding of the mechanics of foam failure and to improve the analysis and modeling methods for determining the stress states that lead to foam shedding during launch.

Friday, August 5 will feature a talk by Jeff DeMange and Joshua Finkbeiner on the essential work done at Glenn in making improvements to the seals around the main landing gear doors of the Shuttle.

Saturday, August 6 features Derrick Cheston who will highlight numerous areas of NASA Engineering and Safety Center work in which Glenn is involved. These include potential areas of improvement needed to make the Space Shuttle a safer vehicle to fly.

On Sunday, August 7, the last full day of Space Shuttle Discovery's mission, Bryan Palaszewski will talk on the future of space exploration.

More information on these talks and a list of topics to be covered can be found:

Admission to the Visitor Center is free and is wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Access to the Glenn Visitor Center is limited to U.S. citizens. All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering the center's main gate. All vehicles are subject to inspection.

Note: Media representatives interested in covering Return to Flight events should contact the Media Relations Office at 216-433-2901 or Lori Rachul at 216-433-8806.

For more information about STS-114, please visit:


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