A rare open house Saturday
Initial plunge of capsule during water landing test. (Contributed, NASA )The public has a rare opportunity this weekend to get a firsthand look at space age research, meet the “first mother in space” and observe a splash test of the new Orion crew capsule as NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton holds an open house. Saturday and is free to the public. The center is located off Commander Shepard Boulevard, north of Langley Air Force Base. Typically, the center is closed to all but employees, invited guests, and the media and others with prior approval.
The last open house was held in 2007 to celebrate Langley’s 90th birthday and drew about 20,000 visitors.
“We thought it would be great to open up Langley to the public to show them what we do, what we have done for them, show them what they’re getting in return for their investment,” said spokesman Michael Finneran. “We think it’s a pretty good return.”
The astronaut scheduled to appear is Anna L. Fisher, a former emergency room physician who spent a week in orbit as a mission specialist in 1984 on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Buses will run throughout the campus and visitors can board or leave at will. Nonetheless, Langley highly recommends that visitors wear comfortable, closed toe walking shoes.
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Among the highlights of the open house:
ful michael kors australia l scale model of the Mars Curiosity rover that landed on Mars last month, along with members of the Langley team that helped design its unique landing system;