John Glenn Research Center

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The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field (usually referred to as NASA Glenn, or GRC) is one of the research and development centers ("Field Centers") set up by NASA.

NASA Glenn was established in 1941 as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory. When NACA dissolved and NASA was established in 1958, it became the NASA Lewis Research Center. It was officially renamed the John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in 1999.

In addition to a major role in aeronautics research, NASA Glenn is a center for research on space power and propulsion, communications, and microgravity. Its heritage in the field of space propulsion heritage the development of the liquid hydrogen-liquid oxygen rocket engine, considered by Von Braun to be one of the key technologies to the success of the Apollo program in landing humans on the moon, and the development of advanced space propulsion technologies such as the ion engine, which was first developed and tested by NASA Lewis (now Glenn) scientists.

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