NASA Glenn Open House Draws Thousands

One of the many attractions for guests to explore was an Earth “PufferSphere” globe that displays recent data from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites.

One of the many attractions for guests to explore was an Earth “PufferSphere” globe that displays recent data from NASA’s Earth-orbiting satellites.

Nothing captures the American imagination more than the allure of space exploration.

So, when Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field opened its doors to a two-day public open house last week, thousands of visitors were able to tour one of northeast Ohio’s greatest assets.

“The public’s response to the first day of the NASA Glenn open house in Cleveland was unprecedented and we thank all those who visited our center!,” said the Center after Saturday’s visitation. Thousands more returned for Sunday’s tours.

Guests had a chance to talk with rocket scientists, tour facilities like a wind tunnel, a drop tower and the world’s largest space simulation chamber.

“What an extraordinary opportunity to explore facilities at the NASA Glenn Research Center open house,” commented one visitor.

“Each and every person wearing a bright yellow NASA Glenn 75th Anniversary shirt was a model ambassador. We started at the West Campus’ Alternative Energies facility.

“Each NASA employee/volunteer we encountered was not only friendly, but willing and able to describe complex concepts in ways that made all of us WANT to stick around and listen and ask questions. It was absolutely remarkable how they made all of the parts of rocket science seem interesting and accessible!

So while I’m #ALLinCLE, I’m also #AllinNASAGlenn for being an undeniably valuable asset for our community. #Iwannabearocketscientist! Oh yeah, and reading The Martian as well as seeing the movie truly added to our experience!!”

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