January 17, 2006 Katherine K. Martin Media Relations Office (216)433-2406 katherine.martin@nasa.

gov RELEASE: 06-003 GET SET FOR ANOTHER FULL YEAR OF NASA GLENN VISITOR CENTER THIRD SATURDAY EVENTS After a year of largely standing-room only audiences, the Visitor Center at NASA's Glenn Research Center will continue its popular "Third Saturday" series with monthly special events and the opportunity to interact directly with experts who work right here in Cleveland at NASA, the nation's aeronautics and space agency. All of the presentations will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on each Saturday. Free souvenir photos will be available at the "Picture Yourself in Space" digital photo booth and children can have fun with "make and take" crafts and bring home out-of-this-world handouts. Visitors interested in attending one of the presentations should call 216-433-9653 to register and guarantee admission. All of the Visitor Center's regular exhibits and historic artifacts will also be on display. Regular exhibits include a moon rock, an original Apollo Command Module, a flight simulator and over 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on air and space travel. The Third Saturday events for 2006 are: January 21 - Missions in the News Find out about NASA's new Crew Exploration Vehicle, as well as the status of the current Stardust and New Horizons missions. February 18 - Back to the Moon Hear about the first man to explore our nearest planetary neighbor and why and how NASA plans to return to the moon. March 18 - Voyages to Mars Learn about the red planet as we celebrate the arrival of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. April 15 - Space Shuttle Silver Anniversary

Come hear more about the space shuttle and celebrate with NASA as we observe the 25th anniversary of the shuttle's first flight. May 20 - The NASA Quiz Show Test your knowledge of NASA against other visitors for the chance to win unique prizes. June 17 - Space Memorabilia Show The memorabilia show and swap meet highlights artifacts from space programs around the world in collaboration with collectSPACE.com. July 15 - Our Nearest Star! Understand more about our research of the Sun and the nature of other distant stars. August 19 - NASA Photography Expo See first hand how photography plays an integral role in aerospace research. September 16 - To Fly! Learn directly from a NASA pilot about flying and about the impact of aeronautics on our lives as we move further into the second century of flight. October 21 - Chemistry In Your Home! Celebrate National Chemistry Week with hands-on activities and presentations about our homes on Earth and in space. November 18 - Astronaut Encounter Learn from a NASA astronaut what it takes to join this exclusive club and what it's like in space. December 27 - An Eye on Propulsion (Wednesday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Discover the advancements in space propulsion with a focus on the work done at NASA Glenn on ion engines and other space travel innovations. The Visitor Center is located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Admission to the Visitor Center is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. 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 or upcoming events call 216-433-2000 or visit:

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