GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER, HOME OF THE NASA GLENN VISITOR CENTER, KICKS OFF ITS THIRD ANNUAL ‘SPACE ADVENTURE WEEK’
July 24th, 2012
CLEVELAND (July 24, 2012) – Whether you’re looking to launch rockets, meet NASA scientists learn about the future of human spaceflight or spend the night among space exhibits, Great Lakes Science Center has the ultimate line-up of family fun with its third annual Space Adventure Week, July 23 – 29. Many of the events will take place in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.
“Space Adventure Week is a time that we dedicate to celebrating space and offering a multitude of space-themed activities that encourage scientific inquiry in young minds,” said Dante Centuori, director of creative productions at Great Lakes Science Center. “Throughout the week, we’re welcoming researchers and engineers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, who will be here to discuss the future of human spaceflight, their work at the Space Power Facility (the world’s largest vacuum chamber), share portrayals of Ohio’s famous Wright Brothers and so much more.”
Please visit www.GreatScience.com to view the complete Space Adventure Week schedule. Highlights include:
• Watch the OMNIMAX movie, Destiny in Space: Get an exciting glimpse into the future of space exploration! Witness the dramatic partnership of humans and robots working together in space. Regular OMNIMAX fees apply. Showing daily at 2 pm.
• Spend the Night – Space Sleepover: Blast off on an overnight space adventure that's fun for the whole family! Friday, July 27 at 6 pm. Launch stomp rockets, design a space capsule, experiment with liquid nitrogen, take a picture in the space-themed photo booth, enjoy the OMNIMAX movie, Hubble, and so much more! Don't forget your sleeping bag! Includes late-night snack and a light breakfast the next morning. $39 per person. Call 216-621-2400.
• Participate in Space-Themed Activities (check daily schedule for times):
- Witness how an actual space shuttle thermal tile can protect the shuttle from several thousand degrees of heat.
- Examine examples of lunar soil replicas as used by scientists at NASA Glenn to learn about the moon.
- See how a vacuum can affect everyday items and why a spacesuit is so critical.
- Check out the high resolution scientific visualization multi-screen display! The Hyperwall will showcase the Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed and its launch to the ISS from Japan on July 20. The SCaN Testbed was designed and built at NASA Glenn.
- Ask questions to Science Center staff who will be available to talk about the Skylab 3 capsule during “capsule chats.”
• Pose with Eva: Eva, NASA’s larger-than-life astronaut, will be “spacewalking” at the Science Center. Take your picture with the inflatable astronaut – she loves to meet new people! Check daily schedule for times.
• Picture Yourself in Space: Grab your family and friends and take a free souvenir digital picture in our space-themed photo booth! Check daily schedule for times.
• Witness the Big Science Show: Watch a large-scale spectacle of science as our wild and wacky staff educators perform incredible space-themed experiments that defy gravity…and common sense! Check daily schedule for times.
• Visit the NASA Glenn Visitor Center: Discover more than 50 space-themed exhibits. See the actual Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module, check out a real moon rock, maneuver a remote-controlled lunar rover and more!
Daily programs are free with paid admission to the Science Center. This does not include the OMNIMAX Theater or Space Sleepover.
For more detailed information on Space Adventure Week, visit http://www.greatscience.com/spaceweek/spaceweek2012.php
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About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to engage visitors through fun, interactive experiences to stimulate curiosity about and encourage understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at 216-694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com.
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