The federal space agency in Cleveland controls all operations and spending at the NASA Plum Brook Station in Erie County. The employees, who are working on cutting-edge technologies for aeronautics and space flight, will be available to talk with visitors.
Glenn is located at 21000 Brookpark Road in Cleveland.
A tour bus will depart from Glenn’s main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. One-hour tours begin in the Briefing Center Auditorium.
Here are the 2013 facility tour dates:
• April 6: Simulated Lunar Operations facility, where researchers are improving the mobility of rovers on the moon.
• May 4: Altitude Combustion Stand facility, designed to test chemical rocket engines and components.
• June 1: Supersonic Wind Tunnel, designed to test aircraft, engines and launch vehicles in flight conditions without ever leaving the ground.
• July 13: Icing Research Tunnel, the oldest and largest refrigerated icing wind tunnel in the world, designed to test ice protection systems for a variety of military and commercial aircraft.
• Aug. 3: Flight Research Building, also known as the hangar, is the primary hub for all of Glenn’s unique aircraft.
• Sept. 7: Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory, where some of the world’s most advanced aircraft noise reduction ideas for jet engine nozzles and fan components are tested.
• Oct. 5: Telescience Support Center, allowing researchers to operate experiments onboard the International Space Station.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-433-9653. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance or, depending on space, at least one week before the tour date. Bring a valid ID with you.