NASA 60th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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All across the country, NASA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. On Saturday, September 29 Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Research Center will host a special anniversary celebration at the Science Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that looks at NASA’s “Past, Present and Future.”

NASA and the Science Center will provide a variety of activities, exhibits and demonstrations throughout the day including a “Lift Off” Big Science Show, and an appearance by astronaut Gregory H. Johnson at 12:30 p.m.

Johnson will share his experiences as a space shuttle pilot and as a crew member aboard the International Space Station, and sign autographs for guests. Johnson served as a pilot on two space shuttle missions, including STS-134, the final mission of the Endeavour. Johnson is also a retired Air Force colonel, who flew more than 60 missions in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch before he graduated from Air Force Test Pilot School. He grew up in Fairborn, Ohio, near Dayton.

NASA Glenn staff members including the Graphics and Visualization Lab (GVIS) team will be on hand, and guests of all ages will enjoy photo opportunities with NASA’s Picture Yourself in Space photo booth from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and with Eva, a larger than life inflatable astronaut.

NASA 60th Anniversary Schedule:

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Activities
  • 11:15 a.m. Force and Motion Demonstration
  • 11:30 a.m. The Glenn Band Performance
  • 12:30 p.m. Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson Presentation in the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater
  • 1 p.m. Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson Greets Guests and Signs Autographs
  • 1:30 p.m. The Glenn Band Performance
  • 2:15 p.m. Lift Off Big Science Show

The Science Center’s activities on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 are sponsored by INNOVIM.