News media are invited to attend a 75th Anniversary Groundbreaking Reenactment at NASA’s Glenn Research Center on Monday, Jan. 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. The event will formally kick off the center’s 75th anniversary celebration with employees and community leaders in attendance.

Speakers include Glenn Center Director Jim Free, Glenn History Officer Anne Mills and Brook Park Mayor Thomas Coyne. Their remarks will precede a reenactment of the center’s 1941 groundbreaking ceremony using the original pick and shovel.

Media interested in attending the groundbreaking event must contact Jan Wittry at or 216-433-5466 by noon on Friday, Jan. 22 to be cleared through security.

The groundbreaking is one of many events planned throughout Glenn’s anniversary year. Other events include two free open houses for the public: the first at Glenn’s Lewis Field main campus in Cleveland on May 21 and 22, and the second at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, on June 11 and 12. More details on the open houses will be published on the center’s website in the coming months.

The center also will host a Technology Day for government, academic and industry leaders on May 24. Attendees will learn about cutting-edge technology developments and find out how to do business with Glenn and license Glenn technologies. The event will feature a special keynote luncheon presentation on NASA’s Journey to Mars. Registration information and other details are forthcoming.

NASA Glenn was founded in 1941 as the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory, charged with improving the state of aircraft engines. Research on piston engines rapidly evolved to the emerging fields of jet engines and rocket propulsion.

Since then, Glenn has continued to drive research, technology, and systems to advance aviation, enable exploration of the universe, and improve life on Earth.

The center’s world-class test facilities, large wind tunnels, research aircraft, and more than 100 laboratories have positioned Glenn as the premier center for aerospace testing and technology maturation.

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