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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office

December 21, 2006
RELEASE : 06-070
NASA Glenn's Visitor Center Prepares For Event Series With Universal Appeal
Cleveland -- Visitors to NASA's Glenn Research Center will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the exciting work being done at the nation's aeronautics and space agency when they attend one of the Center's Third Saturday events scheduled for 2007. The monthly series allows visitors to hear directly from NASA engineers, scientists and special guests during presentations held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month.

Each monthly event will feature free souvenir photos at the "Picture Yourself in Space" digital photo booth, "make and take" crafts for children and take-home handouts on out-of-this-world topics. Several Third Saturday events will also include a special postal cancellation by the U.S. Postal Service. Visitors interested in attending one of the presentations should call 216-433-9653 to register up to one month in advance to guarantee admission.

All of the Visitor Center's regular exhibits and historic artifacts will also be on display. Regular exhibits include a moon rock, an original Apollo Command Module, a flight simulator and over 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on air and space travel.

The Third Saturday events for 2007 are:

January 20 - Searching for Life Beyond
Is there another Earth out there? Learn about NASA's exploration of our solar system in the quest for life beyond.

February 17 - NASA's New Spaceship
Hear the latest about NASA's new Constellation Program and Glenn's role in the plan to revisit the moon. (Special postal cancellation)

March 17 - Space Medicine
Find out how NASA is impacting medicine on Earth through research into space medicine.

April 21 - Star Gazing (extended hours)
Our 4th annual astronomy event presented in collaboration with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Schuele Planetarium and Cuyahoga Astronomical Society.

May 19 - Space Stations Then and Now
Learn about the history and role of space stations in the exploration of space.

June 16 - NASA Hits
Understand the many ways NASA's aerospace research technology affects your daily life.

July 21 - Space Rovers
Learn about the use of wheeled vehicles in the exploration of the solar system and visit Glenn's rover test-bed facility.

August 18 - Voyager: The Grandest Tour
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Voyager space missions and learn what they have taught us about our solar system. (Special postal cancellation)

September 15 - Space Memorabilia Show
Join us as NASA Glenn and host the 3rd annual space memorabilia show, highlighting space artifacts from the beginning of the space age to the present. (Special postal cancellation)

October 20 - 50 Years of Exploration
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sputnik's launch into space and how it ushered humans into the space age. (Special postal cancellation)

November 17 - Catch a Falling Star
Prepare for the upcoming Leonid Meteor Shower by learning more about the origins of meteorites and the impact they have on the Earth.

December 27 - Rockets' Red Glare (Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Learn about the history of rockets along with the hows and whys of rocket flight.

The Visitor Center is located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Admission to the Visitor Center is free, and the building is wheelchair accessible. All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering the Center's Main Gate. Access to the Center is restricted to U.S. citizens. All vehicles are subject to inspection.

Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information about the Visitor Center including upcoming events, call 216-433-2000 or visit:


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