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Public Invited to Glimpse America’s Future in Space
At NASA Marshall Center’s Free Open House Saturday, May 20

Preparations are in high gear for the Saturday, May 20, Open House at
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. People nationwide
are invited to join in the excitement of America’s future in space when the
Center opens its doors to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission is free to the event, featuring appearances by NASA astronauts,
space exhibits, souvenirs, entertainment, live propulsion test firings and an
up-close look at real space flight hardware.

Visitors can stroll through Marshall’s Heritage Museum to learn about the
Center’s 40 year history and incalculable contributions to America’s space
program. For example, more than 30 years ago the Marshall Center turned
an American dream into reality by building the Saturn V, the mammoth
rocket that launched the first humans to the Moon.

Today, Marshall continues its tradition of groundbreaking work as NASA’s
lead center for developing space transportation and propulsion systems,
and for a unique type of scientific research — in space and on Earth — called
microgravity. Tours of the Center’s laboratories will let visitors get a
firsthand look and feel for the dimensions of this high-tech, cutting-edge

It’s been two years since Marshall last opened its doors. More than 25,000
people attended the event in 1998.

For more information and directions to the Marshall Center, the public may
call toll-free (888) 901-NASA (6272) or visit the Open House Web site at:

Attention – Calendar Editors: Please include the Marshall Center’s Open
House event, below, in your calendar-related announcements.

NASA’s Marshall Center Hosts Open House May 20

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will host an open
house 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The event features appearances by
NASA astronauts, exhibits, souvenirs, entertainment, space flight hardware,
live propulsion test firings and tours of Center laboratories. Admission is
free. For more information, call (888) 901-NASA or visit