Press Release

Public Invited to NASA Glenn for Launch to Make International Space Station Home Improvements

By SpaceRef Editor
November 10, 2008
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CLEVELAND — The Visitor Center at NASA’s Glenn Research Center invites the public to view the nighttime launch of space shuttle Endeavour. The first launch opportunity is Friday, Nov. 14, with liftoff targeted for 7:55 p.m. and the Visitor Center will extend its normal hours of operation until 8:30 p.m. that evening.

During the STS-126 mission, big changes will be made to the International Space Station, both inside and out. Endeavour will carry about 32,000 pounds, which will include supplies and equipment necessary to turn what is now a three-bedroom, one bath house into a five-bedroom, two bath house with a gym. Additionally, Endeavour will carry the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) and the Multi-User Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) and five space experiments, all of which were designed and built at Glenn.

The astronauts also will have four busy days of spacewalks to perform extensive maintenance on station’s Solar Alpha Rotary Joint. This will ensure the station can generate the power required by the enlarged crew quarters.

If the launch is delayed, visitors can go online at to get updated information. For Visitor Center hours of operation call 216-433-2000.

The Visitor Center is located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Admission to the Visitor Center is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering the Center’s Main Gate. Access to the Center is restricted to U.S. citizens. All vehicles are subject to inspection.

For the latest information about the STS-126 mission and crew, visit

SpaceRef staff editor.