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Public Tours Offered at NASA Glenn

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Apr 6, 2007 8:21 am
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NASA Glenn Research Center is opening the doors to some of its most remarkable facilities for public tours in 2007. The free one-hour tours, offered through Glenn’s Visitor Center, will be conducted on the first Saturday of the month from April through October.

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.

These guided tours will allow visitors to engage with test engineers while exploring some of the nation’s premiere ground test and flight research facilities. In addition to touring the facility of the month, visitors will be treated to a driving tour of the research center. The facilities scheduled for 2007 are:

April 7 – Engine Research Building
A state-of-the-art facility used to test aircraft engine components. During the tour you will also visit a 60-foot long sand box used to test lunar rover wheels.

May 5 – Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel
This wind tunnel, used to test hardware for Apollo and the space shuttle, can generate winds faster that three times the speed of sound.

June 2 – Electric Propulsion Laboratory
The ion engine for the Deep Space 1 spacecraft was tested in this facility where engineers develop systems that advance space exploration.

July 7 – Power Systems Facility
Power systems for the International Space Station were tested in this facility. You can also view high-tech test beds and solar array fields.

August 4 – Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory
Some of the world’s most advanced aircraft noise reduction ideas are developed and tested in this facility.

September 1 – Space Experiments Laboratory
Home to the Zero Gravity Research Facility, the largest drop tower in the United States, this facility also houses a floating treadmill.

October 6 – Icing Research Tunnel
This international historic landmark continues to develop and test icing protection systems for military and commercial aircraft.

A tour bus will be provided to transport participants to the facility tours. Handicapped visitors are welcome to use their own vehicles to follow the tour bus to the tour stop and back. This preference should be stated when registering as 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 to the Visitor Center is free. All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering the center’s Main Gate. Access to the center is restricted to U.S. citizens. All vehicles are subject to inspection.

Normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

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

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