Every third Saturday of the month, NASA Glenn Research Station (located at Cleveland Hopkins airport) has a special program at its visitor center.
This month's program on Jan. 17, "Lake Erie Through NASA's Eyes," explains how NASA uses research aircraft to monitor algae growth in the lake (a big issue in water quality.) There will be two programs, one at 11 a.m. focusing on the aircraft, and one at 1 p.m. on the science of the algae problem.
Attending one or both of the programs provides a good excuse to check out the visitor center -- it's a pretty good museum -- and there will be kids' crafts and activities and "Picture Yourself in Space" digital photographs. The event is free, but reservations are required by calling 216-433-9653.
Only U.S. citizens are allowed to visit NASA Glenn, and adults should expect to be asked to show a photo ID.