Space Saturday Program – Celebrate Centaur’s 50th Anniversary
The Centaur Story
1 pm and 3 pm
Presented by Larry Ross, CEO, Aerospace Engineering Associates and Joe Nieberding, President, Aerospace Engineering Associates.
Join us for this informative talk on Centaur, the world’s first high-energy upper-stage rocket. Centaur launched satellites that revolutionized global communications and propelled space probes to every planet in our solar system and beyond. But did you know that this NASA workhorse was developed at Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center?
Meet two engineers who were there in the early days of this engineering marvel. Mr. Ross served as the Center Director of NASA Glenn (then Lewis) from 1990 to 1994, and has been instrumental in the engineering and program management of the Atlas/Centaur and Titan/Centaur Programs. Mr. Nieberding served as Chief of the Advanced Space Analysis Office and was also a launch team member on over 65 NASA Centaur missions.
Between presentations, Mr. Ross and Mr. Nieberding will be available in our NASA Glenn Visitor Center for informal chats. Authentic Centaur artifacts and exhibit models will also be on display.
Program is free with paid admission to the Science Center. No reservations required.
It’s an Exciting New Space Adventure
The New NASA Glenn Visitor Center
Brand new. Hands-on. Out-of-this-world.
Welcome to the new NASA Glenn Visitor Center, where you’ll discover a completely redesigned space experience with new galleries, more interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts and amazing media.
See the Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module in its new home.
Explore the past, present and future of human space exploration and understand the challenges that humans have solved to travel to space, explore space and return to Earth safely.
- Look inside the actual 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module
- Experience a multi-media trip through landmark moments in space history
- See artifacts from John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission
- Check out a real moon rock from Apollo 15
- View actual space-flown suits from Skylab and Apollo, including one issued to Buzz Aldrin
- And more!
Climb inside a full-scale Mercury capsule and take the controls!
Living in Space Gallery
After astronauts get to space, how do they eat, sleep and go to the bathroom? Learn about day-to-day living on the International Space Station and find out how we’re preparing for longer space journeys to Mars and beyond!
- See how astronauts live and work on the International Space Station
- Take your photo in a space suit
- Examine the giant Mars airbag landing system tested by the NASA Glenn Research Center
- Climb inside a model of a Mercury capsule
- Explore a Martian landscape and learn more about the Red Planet
- And more!
Experiment with testing materials in the brand-new Discover Gallery and see how they’ll react in space.
Explore the underlying science and engineering principles that make major accomplishments in space and aeronautics possible!
- Enter the gallery through a replica of an immense test chamber door
- Experiment with air resistance and test a pressurized bottle rocket
- Investigate how to power a space station and plan a space mission
- Slow high-speed video of testing materials from NASA Glenn Research Center
- Watch a video tour of NASA Glenn’s most impressive labs and test chambers on the Discover Stage, sponsored by Parker
- And more!
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