NASA-Hungary Space Research Activities

Saturday, April 20, 2002,   3:00-5:00 p.m. 

Our Exhibition was free & open to the public

Viewing was open to all during regular Museum hours:

Guided tours were available for groups of adults or schoolchildren available by special arrangement, either during regular open times, or, other times also available. For information, please call: 440 442-3466.

Highlights included:

History & Contributions of
Hungarian Space Research !!!

Spin-off technologies !!!
(Industrial ceramics, etc.)

Space suit, from NASA !!!

Be an astronaut !
Bring your camera !
Take your photo with a
prop-up space suit !!!

The actual Pille dosimeter
(measure radiation in space),
designed, developed, manufactured
in Hungary,
used in the MirNASA 4 mission !!!

Use of satellites for environmental
monitoring,   – – from Hungary  !!!

Models of the space station
& of the space shuttle !!!

An ion engine !!!

Colorful posters & videos describing exciting space flights & other research projects !!!

Much, much more  — to fascinate young & old alike !!!



The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society presented an exhibit commemorating the first anniversary of the signing of the Space Cooperative Agreement between NASA and the Hungarian Space Agency, on May 15, 2001. The exhibit showcased some of the activities of both American and Hungarian space research.

At this exhibit, the Hungarian Space Agency joinsed with the Museum and NASA in highlighting the history of Hungarian space activities and its contributions to international space research. One example was the Pille dosimeter, designed, developed and manufactured in Hungary, which measures radiation in space.

The actual Pille that was used by NASA’s astronaut Jerry Leninger in the MirNASA 4 mission in 1997 was on display, courtesy of the Hungarian KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute. A number of colorful posters showed the space activities of different Hungarian institutions such as the Hungarian Space Office, the Institute of Geodesy Cartography and Remote Sensing, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the Universal Multizone Crystallizator (UMC) developed by the Miskolcs University. The posters also showed how the satellites are used in Hungary to monitor flood control, agriculture and the environment. This material would be ideal for Earth Day activities for school children (Earth Day 2002 was Sunday, April 21, 2002).

NASA Glenn Research Center contributed materials on its research associated with bio-engineering and –medicine, also examples of technology transfer, such as the use of ceramic materials, originally developed for space, for everyday articles. Models of the International Space Station, of the Space Shuttle and of one of the Ion Engines were also on display. A real space suit used in space walk activities stood next to a prop-up space suit for the enjoyment and picture taking of potential astronauts, youngsters as well as adults. Additionally, there were videos and CD’s showing various space flights and other fascinating space activities.

– PAST EVENT – Opening Ceremonies – PAST EVENT –
Saturday, April 20, 2002, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Hungarian Heritage Museum
Participants included officials from NASA
& also from the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

NASA Glenn officials, including Mr. Donald J. Campbell, Director, Dr. Julian M. Earls, Deputy Director of Operations and Mr. András Roboz , Science and Technical Attaché, Hungarian Embassy, Washington, DC, participated in the opening ceremonies on Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. in the Hungarian Heritage Museum, formerly located at the Southeast entrance of the Euclid Square Mall shopping center.

This exhibition was made possible through the efforts of Lászlo F. Zala, a Museum board member, former Chief of the Facilities Electrical Systems Management Branch with NASA Glenn. He has been with Glenn for 15 years, and spent the academic year 2000-2001 as a Visiting Professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. We thank him for his dedication and hard work, which enabled the Hungarian Museum to present such an exciting and one-of-a-kind exhibition for the enjoyment and education of young and old alike.


Hungarian Participation in Space Research
Space Cooperation: Hungarian and American Research for the Future [includes comments about NASA]
Institutions of the Hungarian Space Activity
Hungarian Scientists claim to have found traces of life on Mars
Selected Chapters of Space Research in Hungary
Magyar Ûrkutatási Iroda [Address for Hungarian Space Agency]
Magyar nyelvû ûrkutatási irodalom és internetcímek [Bibliography of articles in Hungarian and some in English about space research]
Home Page of the Space Research Group at the Eötvös University, Budapest /ELTE Geofizikai Tanszék Ûrkutató Csoportjának honlapja [in English or Hungarian]

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