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NASA’s Plans for Exploring The Solar System Presented at Great Lakes Science Center, Home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center

By SpaceRef Editor
October 26, 2011
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Cleveland — W. James Adams, deputy chief of NASA’s Planetary Sciences Division, will engage students in a talk about the agency’s latest discoveries and plans for solar system exploration. Members of the news media are invited to cover the talk scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Great Lakes Science Center. Adams will be available to answer questions from the media immediately following the presentation in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

Students from the MC2 STEM High School located at Great Lakes Science Center, as well as students from other school groups in the greater Cleveland area, were invited to this event to learn more about what NASA is doing to venture further into the solar system in the next several decades.

During his 18 years at NASA, Adams has served in various roles, most notably managing the $1.7 billion Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. This satellite provides for the transfer of data to and from the International Space Station and numerous Earth orbiting satellites.

Since 2006, Adams has overseen the Discovery, New Frontiers, Lunar Science and Mars Programs. He also oversees the development of cutting edge technologies such as the ion engine, radioisotope power systems and Plutonium-238 production strategies for NASA.

Adams will also discuss NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s role in upcoming space exploration missions and how researchers in Ohio have made it possible to explore space.

Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to stimulate interest in and increase understanding of the sciences, with a particular emphasis on the interdependence of scientific, environmental and technological activities in the Great Lakes region. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at (216) 694-2000 or visit

NASA’s Glenn Research Center is one of NASA’s 10 field centers that develops cutting-edge technologies and advances scientific research that strives to further expand our knowledge of Earth and the universe. Founded in 1941 as part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, today the center addresses national priorities in aircraft and space propulsion, aerospace power, communications and human systems to create the next generation of safer, quieter, more efficient aircraft and space vehicles. Working in partnership with government, industry and academia, Glenn helps to maintain the U.S. economy’s global leadership while benefitting the lives of people everywhere. For more information, visit

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