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NASA Langley Open House Celebrates 95th Anniversary

Slideshow of aerial images of NASA's Langley Research Center taken in late 2011. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will open to the public in September for six hours of facility tours and activities for all ages.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, visitors will be able to see the latest cool stuff Langley is working on, talk with researchers and take part in hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering and math.

You’ll also be able to see some of the historic landmarks that made Langley famous in the 95 years since we were created as the nation's first civilian aeronautics research lab.

Langley's last open house in 2007 drew some 20,000 visitors. Help us beat that number this year!

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NASA Journey to Tomorrow trailer

NASA's Journey to Tomorrow traveling exhibit is an interactive informal learning environment that shares the excitement of exploration with visitors. The highlight of the experience is the ultimate artifact -- a real moon rock returned from one of the Apollo lunar landing missions.

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NASA Langley engineers are helping develop spacecraft to send humans beyond Earth orbit; researching technologies to make aircraft safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly, and studying Earth's atmosphere to better understand climate change.

That work is being carried out in laboratories all across our 800-acre facility next to Langley Air Force Base.

Buses will be available to take visitors to tour stops -- or you can walk.

Stay tuned for a list of facility tours to be posted here as they become confirmed.

NOTE: If you're coming to visit, we recommend you wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes. And because Langley is a federal facility, all vehicles and people entering are subject to search. Not allowed at the open house: weapons of any kind, including firearms and knives; shoulder bags except for women's purses and infant diaper bags; coolers; alcoholic beverages, and computers.

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