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NASA Glenn Invites the Public To Go Behind-The-Scenes

Press Release From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland located at 21000 Brookpark Road will open its doors once a month for a behind-the-scenes, one-hour guided tour of one of its world-class research facilities. This year, in celebration of NASA Glenn’s 75th Anniversary, we are also offering two open house opportunities at Lewis Field in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky.

Glenn tours, which will be held on Saturdays, begin in April and end in October. Touring and parking are free of charge.

All tours, except the open houses, include a safety briefing and as time permits, a multimedia presentation on the beginnings of Glenn that explains its transformation from the site of the National Air Races in Cleveland into a world-class aircraft engine research laboratory.

Beginning at 10 a.m., a tour bus will depart from Glenn’s main gate every hour for a 45-minute guided tour. Visitors will also stop at Glenn’s Gift Shop, which offers space theme merchandise and memorabilia including flight suits, NASA apparel and collectibles. The last tour bus departs the main gate at 1 p.m.

Glenn tours are a unique blend of education and entertainment. Visitors can explore America’s research facilities and see where scientists and engineers develop propulsion, power and communication technologies for NASA’s aeronautics and space programs.

Admission Requirements: Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. All visitors who are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents 18 years of age or older, are required to present a form of government-issued photo identification (driver’s license, State ID) to Security at Glenn’s main gate before being allowed entry.

Lawful permanent residents are also required to present a United States Permanent Resident Card (green card). Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the center.

Registration Information: Advance registration is required to attend Glenn tours and can be made up to 30 days prior to the actual tour.

To register, visitors should call Sheila Reese at 216-433-2016, or send an email to sheila.d.reese@nasa.gov. Registered visitors will receive a confirmation number from NASA’s tour staff. Visitors must bring their confirmation number and proper ID to Glenn’s main gate. Only visitors with a confirmation number and proper ID will be permitted on the tour.

Special needs guests are permitted to use their own vehicles, but must follow the tour bus at all times. Most research facilities are wheelchair accessible; however, some facilities have limited accessibility.

Glenn’s 2016 Tour Schedule

April 2: Piloted Control Evaluation Facility and Distributed Engine Control Laboratory

Check out two laboratories on this tour, the Piloted Control Evaluation (Flight Simulator) Facility to experience where researchers evaluate the effect of propulsion control on aircraft performance, and the Distributed Engine Control Laboratory to learn how NASA evaluates new hardware architectures for aircraft engine control.

May 21 and 22: NASA Glenn Open House | Registration is not required

The center will open its doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the open house, visitors will be able to tour many of the center’s world-class facilities, meet an astronaut, talk with engineers, scientists and technicians who work on space programs and see how the center improves aviation and foster exploration to benefit all of us here on Earth.

June 11 and 12: Plum Brook Station Open House | Registration is not required

Glenn is opening its doors to Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the station’s world-class facilities, meet an astronaut and talk with engineers, scientists and technicians and step inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber, which has tested parts of rockets, Mars landers and Orion hardware.

July 9: Powering Missions to Deep Space

Come visit the Stirling Research Laboratory to see where power systems using Stirling technology are tested for deep space or extreme environments.

August 6: See Things a Different Way

Learn about two laboratories on this tour, Glenn’s Graphics & Visualization (GVIS) and the Glenn Reconfigurable User Interface and Virtual Exploration (GRUVE) Laboratory. The technology developed in the GVIS laboratory is used by designers and engineers who work together virtually, from around the world on the design of products. The GRUVE Lab is an advanced CAVETM like display environment for science and engineering. Its three large, moveable projection modules can create a 24-foot display wall, a panoramic 3D theater or a fully immersive virtual reality room.

September 10: Vibration Testing

Discover Glenn’s Structural Dynamics Laboratory where things get shaken to verify the survivability of a component. Several experiments currently operating on the International Space Station were tested in this lab.

October 1: Prepare for Impact

Come visit Glenn’s Ballistic Impact Facility to see the laboratory that helped to identify the cause of the space shuttle Columbia accident and returned NASA’s shuttle fleet to flight.

Media interested in attending Glenn’s tours must contact Jeannette Owens at jeannette.p.owens@nasa.gov or 216-433-2990 by noon on Friday, the day before the tour, to be cleared through security.

For tour information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html

For information on Glenn’s 75th anniversary events, visit:

www.nasa.gov/glenn75

For policies regarding visitors, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/21G7XJt

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