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Great Lakes Science Center to host ‘Space Adventure Week’

For all you space cadets out there, welcome to Space Adventure Week at the Great Lakes Science Center.
For all you space cadets out there, welcome to Space Adventure Week at the Great Lakes Science Center.
Mark Horning & Co. Photography

For all you space cadets out there, welcome to Space Adventure Week at the Great Lakes Science Center. July 21 through 28, 2014 will feature daily events and presentations by the NASA Glenn Research Center. Among the many programs planned for the week are:

Technology Day - Tuesday, July 22 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

• Jim Free, Director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center
What importance did Glenn technology have to success of Apollo and the path to Mars?
• Dr. David Miller, NASA Chief Technologist
A trip to Mars is a highly technological undertaking. What is NASA's invovlement?
• Astronaut Doug Wheelock
Astronaut Wheelock is a veteran of two space missions. He will discuss the challenges of melding technology with human capacity. A meet-and-greet and autograph opportunity will follow with Colonel Wheelock, who has spent 178 days in space. Very popular with kids!

All three speakers will be available to the media after their talks. These talks will be held in the Reinberger Hall with free public access.

Other presentations include

NASA’s Path to Mars (Monday, July 21)
Where are we in relationship to a manned mission to mars?A science update and look ahead to our exploration. Orion, NASA’s next crewed spacecraft, has its first test flight in December.
• The International Space Station (Wednesday, July 23)
How the work at NASA Glenn is impacting life on the ISS and an update on the research that originated in Cleveland
• Solar System and Beyond, and the Earth Right Now (Thursday, July 24)
An overview of how NASA’s plans to explore the solar system and beyond, as well as an update of Earth exploration from space
• NASA is with You When you Fly (Friday, July 25)
How do things fly? The science of flight comes down to earth! A NASA research pilot also will talk about how testing NASA aircraft helps move technology from the laboratory into society.

Here is also what is happening at the Science Center


Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Now showing

Journey to a remote and wondrous location, and join one scientist on her mission to help these amazing creatures survive in the modern world. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Get show times at

Journey To The South Pacific
Now showing

Take a breathtaking adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. Narrated by Cate Blanchett. Get show times at

Upcoming Events

Steamship William G. Mather
Open for the summer season!
May, September, October
Saturdays and Sundays only
11 am – 5 pm
June, July, August
Tuesday – Sunday
11 am – 5 pm

Climb aboard this floating museum and discover a piece of Great Lakes history. Take a self-guided tour and explore this restored 618-foot freighter from stem to stern. See its huge cargo holds, brass and oak pilot house, elegant guest quarters and four-story engine room. Walk the decks and marvel at the “engineering firsts” that transformed Northeast Ohio into a great industrial center. $8 adults, $6 youth, ages 5 – 12. (Free for members.)

Steamship William G. Mather
Hard-Hat Tours
Select Saturdays and Sundays
May – August
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Explore the Mather like you never have before. Join us on this in-depth, hard hat tour and explore the behind-the-scenes of the Mather. Space is limited and advance reservations required. $25 ($20 members). Includes admission to the Steamship Mather after the tour. Tour is open to guests ages 10 and older. Call 216-621-2400 to register.

Space Adventure Week
July 21 – 28

Celebrate space exploration with a week of space-themed events, programs and workshops. Hear guest speakers from NASA Glenn Research Center, stop by for a Capsule Chat and more. Free with paid admission to the Science Center.

Special Exhibitions

LEGO® Travel Adventure
May 24 – September 7, 2014

Where do you want to go? What does your vehicle need to do to get there? In LEGO Travel Adventure, you’re not just along for the ride! Choose an amazing destination and build the perfect means of transportation! Inspired by LEGO models of famous vehicles, you can build your dream machine!

Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with LEGO Systems, Inc. LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2013 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

Camps and Classes

Summer Camps
June 9 – August 15

Great Lakes Science Center hosts week-long Summer Camps for kids! This summer, we're offering 74 camp themes among 10 different locations for kids of all ages - from preschool to high school. Get details:

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. We know the value of using real scientific challenges to encourage curiosity and experimentation. And we remain committed to developing the collaborations and community partnerships needed to stimulate innovation, improve STEM education, and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio. 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

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