Jeannette P. Owens
Media Relations Office

May 8, 2009
NASA Glenn Invites the Public to View Monday's Space Shuttle Launch
CLEVELAND -- The Visitor Center at NASA's Glenn Research Center will be open for the public to view the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on Monday, May 11, on its big screen. Atlantis is scheduled to lift off at 2:01 p.m. from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The 11-day mission is the final shuttle flight to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. During the STS-125 mission's five spacewalks, astronauts will install two new instruments, repair two inactive ones and perform the component replacements that will keep the telescope functioning into at least 2014.

The seven-member crew, which includes Broadview Heights native Michael Good, will enhance the observatory and ensure cutting-edge science. The mission puts in place advanced technology that improves the telescope's discovery power by 10 to 70 times.

Live broadcasts of in-flight activities and mission highlights can be viewed at the Visitor Center throughout the mission.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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 located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Access to the Visitor Center is limited to U.S. citizens and all vehicles are subject to inspection.

For more information about Glenn's Visitor Center, call 216-433-2000 or visit:

For more information on STS-125, visit:


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