Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Research Center mark 55th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic flight
Contact: Joe Yachanin
              Great Lakes Science Center 216.696.3644
Who:      Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Research Center
When:    Celebrate the 55th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic orbital flight
             10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, February 20
Great Lakes Science Center and NASA Glenn Research Center will celebrate the 55th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic flight aboard Friendship 7 with a special day of activities, programming and a 1 p.m. presentation featuring remarks by former astronaut Dr. Donald Thomas, a crew member on four Space Shuttle missions and Cleveland native, and Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, NASA Glenn Research Center deputy director. Seating for the presentation is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The activities, featured program and admission to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center galleries are included with general admission to the Science Center.

February 20, 1962 is a date fresh in the minds of many. Glenn’s recent passing in December at the age of 95, and the depiction of his flight in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” has made this an appropriate moment to celebrate the spirit of achievement the mission represented.

The event will feature additional temporary displays about Glenn and Friendship 7, photo ops with ‘Eva,’ the larger-than-life inflatable astronaut, the Lift-Off Big Science Show, maker activities, and displays that tell the story of the real women behind the “Hidden Figures” movie. NASA will also broadcast the 1 p.m. presentation live at

Guests can also discover the stories of women currently working at NASA Glenn through a “Modern Figures” panel discussion, and meet Dr. Thomas during a signing for his book, “Orbit of Discovery.”

A movie that showcases the next era of space exploration for NASA and its international partners is currently screening at the Science Center in the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater as well. “Journey to Space,” narrated by Patrick Stewart and featuring extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, shows how the pioneering Space Shuttle Program laid the groundwork for future missions that will allow astronauts to achieve feats that not too many years ago would have been considered science fiction such as capturing asteroids and landing on Mars. It’s a must-see for anyone who looks up to the stars and sees only possibilities.

A special Monday holiday screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will take place in the DOME Theater at 4 p.m. (separate admission required). Tickets are available online at, at the Science Center box office, or by phone at 216-621-2400.

10:30 a.m. Science Center members meet and greet with Dr. Thomas
11:15 a.m. Lift-Off Big Science Show
Noon “Journey to Space” screening (additional ticket required)
1 p.m. Main program featuring Dr. Thomas and Dr. Perez-Davis
2 p.m. “Journey to Space” screening (additional ticket required)
2:15 p.m. Lift-Off Big Science Show
2:30 p.m. Dr. Thomas book signing and autograph session
3:30 p.m. Modern Figures Career Panel Discussion
4 p.m. “Rogue One” screening (additional ticket required)

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, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. The Science Center is funded in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit for more information.
Where: Great Lakes Science Center
            601 Erieside Ave.
            Cleveland, OH 44114