Lori Rachul
Glenn Research Center

February 18, 2009
RELEASE : 09-005
NASA's Glenn Research Center Invites Public to Tour Test Facilities
CLEVELAND--NASA's Glenn Research Center's Visitor Center will offer a free, one-hour tour of one of its test facilities one Saturday each month from April through October.

Guided tours will depart from the Visitor Center auditorium. They will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run every hour with the last tour departing at 1:30 p.m. Tour space is limited, so visitors should call 216-433-9653 to register up to one month in advance to guarantee admission.

The tour dates and facilities scheduled for touring are:

Apr. 4: The Ares I-X Manufacturing Facility, the building where Glenn engineers and technicians designed and built the upper stage simulator for the Ares I-X test rocket.

May 16: The Aero Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory, an acoustically engineered dome designed for aircraft noise reduction testing.

June 6: The Flight Research Building, also called the Hangar, housing unique aircraft that are used to perform a variety of flight research testing.

July 18: Glenn research facilities that contributed to the Apollo missions, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11. Advanced registration is not required for this tour. Admission will be granted on a first come, first-served basis.

Aug. 1: The Zero Gravity Research Facility, used by researchers worldwide to study the effects of microgravity on physical phenomena.

Sept. 5: The Propulsion Systems Laboratory, where experimental research on air breathing propulsion systems is performed.

Oct. 3: The Simulated Lunar Operations Facility, where Glenn researchers are developing methods to improve the mobility of rovers on the moon with the aid of simulated lunar soil.

Participants will travel by tour bus from the Visitor Center to the facilities. Physically challenged visitors will be permitted to follow the tour bus in their own vehicles. They must state that preference when registering for the tour because some facilities may not be accessible.

The use of cameras and cell phones during tours may be limited.

The Visitor Center is located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Admission is free, and the building is wheelchair accessible. All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering the research center's main gate. Only U.S. citizens may gain access. All vehicles are subject to inspection.

The Visitor Center's normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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


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