4/3: NASA Glenn Tours

NASA Glenn Research Center (21000 Brookpark Rd.) is one of Cleveland’s economic-development jewels, engaging in space and aeronautics-related scientific research. So it creates the kind of skilled jobs no casino ever could. Its periodic tours offer opportunities for people to learn about what goes on inside the facility and, most importantly, for children to experience the excitement and potential of studying science, math, engineering and technology, giving them a concrete tool for envisioning their futures. Starting today, the tours take place on the first and third Saturdays of each month. They leave from the briefing center at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Today’s tour will visit the Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory, where the impact of exercise and microgravity on astronauts is tested. Kids can see how real-life advances sync up with what they see in movies. You’ll also visit the gift shop — so be prepared for some “buy me, buy me, buy me!” The tours are free; you must be a U.S. citizen, and adults must have a government-issued I.D. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance; call 216.433.9653 or go to nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html. — Anastasia Pantsios

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