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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office

April 11, 2006
RELEASE : 06-020
Tours, Talks and Telescopes at NASA Glenn's Visitor Center
Celebrate National Astronomy Day and learn more about the wonders of the universe and NASA's plans for traveling to the moon, Mars and beyond on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. during "Star Gazing & More" at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland.

"Star Gazing & More" is presented in partnership with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's Walter R. Schuele Planetarium and the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association.

"Our star gazing event has been very popular over the last two years," said Glenn's Center Director Woodrow Whitlow Jr. "This year we have expanded the event adding an exciting tour, traveling exhibits and hands-on educational activities that should make this an even more outstanding day for children of all ages."

Visitors attending this free event will be able to:

  • Check out solar activity and the night sky through a variety of telescopes.

  • Attend one of nine auditorium programs offered hourly at the Visitor Center and learn things like how to choose and use a telescope, how to make a comet and tour the latest discoveries of the solar system.

  • Enter the STARLAB dome and enjoy the sights and sounds of the night sky indoors.

  • Visit the Vision for Space Exploration Trailer as it begins its Ohio tour and experience a visual journey to the Moon and Mars using holographic and 3-D imagery and discover what it would be like to live and work on these surfaces.

  • Tour NASA Glenn's Hangar and view the research aircraft that call it home.

  • Relax in the video theater aboard the Aerospace Bus and learn more about NASA.

  • Participate in hands-on educational activities designed to introduce kids to the exciting world of science and create "make and take" crafts.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, along with space-themed souvenirs and NASA merchandise. Visitors can also take a photograph at the "Picture Yourself in Space" booth and visit with Eva, the inflatable astronaut.

Admission to the event is free. Parking, at no cost, is available at Glenn's Development Engineering Building lot on the north side of Brookpark Road west of the I-480 and Grayton Road interchange. Free shuttles to the event will be provided. Handicapped parking will be available through the center's main gate.

All adult visitors must present a government-issued photo identification to obtain entrance to the center. All vehicles and bags are subject to inspection. Access to the center is limited to U.S. citizens.

Media representatives interested in covering the event should contact Sallie Keith at (216)433-5795 for special parking information.

For more information about the event, including times for talks and tours, visit:


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