NASA Glenn Research Center is opening the doors to Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, for a two-day Open House the weekend of June 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can engage in activities and exhibits as well as tour some of the facilities that make Plum Brook unique.
Parking at the Kalahari Convention Center, admission and all tours are free! Refreshments and souvenirs will be available for purchase. Free public parking is available at the Kalahari Convention Center at 7106 Milan Rd (Rt. 250) in Sandusky, Ohio. Exhibits and activities are located inside the convention center; tour buses to Plum Brook will leave from this location. For more information visit www.nasa.gov/glenn75.
Family fun at the Open House Event Center
Start your visit at the Open House Event Center located at the Kalahari Convention Center just east of Plum Brook. Education specialists and friendly volunteers will conduct a variety of hands-on, minds-on activities that will inspire all generations of explorers.
Exhibits celebrating NASA Glenn’s 75-year history will focus on the role of Plum Brook Station’s unique large-scale, world-class space environment and propulsion test facilities as well as efforts to restore and preserve the natural environments of our 6,400 acres, from oak savannahs to open prairies.
Tour Our World-Class Space Environment Facilities
During the Open House event, you’ll be able to enjoy a guided bus tour of our world-class space environment and propulsion test facilities currently being used to advance NASA’s missions. Buses will depart from Kalahari on a continuous schedule until 4 p.m. to travel to Plum Brook. Once you arrive, you will have the opportunity to tour our two major test facilities hosted by the men and women who work here. Please allow up to three hours for a full tour.
Home of the world’s largest vacuum chamber, the Space Power Facility has tested parts of rockets, Mars landers and space stations and is currently testing parts of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft. You can step off the bus and walk through this unique facility where scenes from Marvel’s The Avengers movie were filmed.
The B-2 is the world’s largest space simulation facility capable of full-scale rocket engine and stage tests. You can come inside and look down into the test chamber and see preparations under way to test a Mars lander prototype. You will also be able to see Plum Brook’s newest addition nearby – the Combined Effects Chamber. This facility is being developed to simulate the conditions found on the surface of the Moon or Mars.
The tour bus will pass by the Hypersonic Tunnel facility, a unique wind tunnel designed to test air-breathing propulsion systems at speeds up to seven times the speed of sound. NASA is currently using it to develop hybrid-electric propulsion technologies to power the large subsonic passenger aircraft of the future.