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Visitor Center
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us at the Visitor Center on Saturday, July 18, for a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Look back at the historic mission that left mankind's first footprints on the moon, and hear about the spacecraft that will take us back -- this time to stay. Tour Glenn's Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel and Zero Gravity Research Facility. Also known as the 10x10, the wind tunnel can create winds that travel faster than three times the speed of sound. The Zero Gravity Research Facility is a drop tower scientists use to create the weightlessness of space. Both facilities were used during the development of the Apollo spacecraft. This free family event includes kid's activities, such as digital photographs from the "Picture Yourself in Space" photo booth, take-home crafts and viewing of moon rock microscope slides.

Apollo-era artifacts on display in the Visitor Center galleries include a moon rock, an Apollo Command Module and a spacesuit used during the Skylab program. A one-third scale model of the Lunar Lander will also be on display for the first time in several years. Make your reservations today by calling (216) 433-9653.


Space is limited so arrive early to get your seats!

11 a.m. - Honoring the Past
Rocket Scientist Bryan Palaszewski discusses the Apollo 11 mission.

1 p.m. - Creating the Future
Randy Humphries, acting director of space flight systems, explains Constellation, NASA's program to return astronauts to the moon.


10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Tours of the wind tunnel and drop tower begin every 30 minutes. Tickets are available 30 minutes before each tour begins.

Please note the following important guidelines:

  • Advanced registration guarantees admission to the Visitor Center. Call (216) 433-9653.
  • All adult visitors are required to present government-issued photo identification.
  • Access to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center is limited to U.S. citizens.
  • The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. While the research facilities are wheelchair accessible, portions of tours include stairs.

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