CLEVELAND -- NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will offer free tours of its world-class facilities one Saturday a month from April through October. Expert staff who help develop and verify cutting-edge technologies for both aeronautics and space flight will be available to talk with visitors.
A tour bus will depart from Glenn's main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. One-hour tours begin in the Briefing Center Auditorium and include a multimedia presentation on Glenn. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour is followed by a stop at Glenn's gift shop.
Glenn is located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Visitor parking is available free of charge. Vehicles entering NASA Glenn property are subject to inspection.
Following are the 2013 facility tour dates:
April 6: Simulated Lunar Operations facility, where researchers are improving the mobility of rovers on the moon.
May 4: Altitude Combustion Stand facility, designed to test chemical rocket engines and components.
June 1: 8-by 6-Foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, designed to test aircraft, engines and launch vehicles in flight conditions without ever leaving the ground.
July 13: Icing Research Tunnel, the oldest and largest refrigerated icing wind tunnel in the world, designed to test ice protection systems for a variety of military and commercial aircraft.
Aug. 3: Flight Research Building, also known as the hangar, is the primary hub for all of Glenn's unique aircraft.
Sept. 7: Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory, where some of the world's most advanced aircraft noise reduction ideas for jet engine nozzles and fan components are tested.
Oct. 5: Telescience Support Center allows researchers to operate experiments onboard the International Space Station.
Tour space is limited and reservations are required for admission. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance, or depending on available space, at least one week before the actual tour date. To register, visitors should call 216-433-9653 or send an email to email@example.com. Pre-registered guests will receive a confirmation notice.
The tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, are required to present government-issued photo identification (driver's license or U.S. passport); lawful permanent residents, 18 years of age or older, must present a permanent resident card (green card) before allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the center.
Visitors with special needs are permitted to use their own vehicles, but must follow the tour bus at all times. Most research facilities are wheelchair accessible, however, some have limited accessibility.
For more information about Glenn's tours, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html
For information on NASA Policies Regarding Visitors, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/visit_grc_security_policy.html
For information about NASA's Glenn Research Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/glenn