NASA Glenn’s enhanced virtual tour offers much to fill your days for weeks to come –

CLEVELAND, Ohio — On March 27, NASA Glenn launched “NASA at Home.” A virtual look at NASA’s discoveries and research exploration from across the universe, around the world and in your backyard.

Though the virtual tours are not new, they’ve been enhanced to allow an engaging experience for kids and families who are hunkered down because of COVID-19 for the unforeseen future.

“We know people everywhere, especially students, are looking for ways to get out of the house without leaving their house,” said Bettina Inclán, associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Communications. “NASA has a way for them to look to the skies and see themselves in space with their feet planted safely on the ground, but their imaginations are free to explore everywhere we go. We’ve put that information at their fingertips. We hope everyone takes a few moments to explore NASA at Home.”

NASA Stem @ Home for Students is an interactive page that gives kids in grades K-4th step by step instruction on how to build a cloud mobile, how to launch a balloon powered rocket and by using words and numbers, how to solve mysteries of earth and space. A number of other “tap and do” activities are available too. Here’s the link:

Other hands-on activities include NASA @ Home for Kids and Families, which has many educational endeavors that will make these long days inside a lot more bearable. Here’s the link:

April tours for the “Electric Propulsion and Power Lab” exhibit had to be cancelled. But it’s available on the virtual tour. We highlighted it on our virtual tour. And we were able to answer questions about what visitors were seeing, said Nikki Welch, digital communications.

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“The virtual tours were started because NASA’s main priority is public engagement. We also have virtual tours of our library,” she said.

Opportunities to interact and hear from agency experts like astronaut Christina Koch is available weekdays at 4 p.m. on Instagram Live. Koch reads children’s books during her live stream. Click here to join: Instagram live

And if all of this is not enough, NASA TV also is running NASA at Home-themed programming from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, as well as broadcasting around-the-clock with recent mission events and news, conversations with astronauts on the International Space Station, educational looks at science, technology and exploration topics, and historical programs from the agency’s storied past. Click here to join: NASA Television

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