ALLEGANY — The Allegany Area Historical Association will meet on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center, 182 East Union St., Allegany, for a glimpse into the future.

Fred Welch, commander of the Center, will talk about the history of the Challenger Centers and what the future holds for them. He will also discuss what is happening with NASA and the hurdles that need to be overcome for a manned mission to Mars.

Tours of the center will be conducted by Commander Welch and his staff of seven commanders, and will give a small idea of what happens on space missions.

The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center partners with teachers, schools, school districts, universities, museums, science centers and local communities to make their vision of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education a reality. Since its opening in June of 2009, over 10,000 students from New York and Pennsylvania have participated in the Center’s programs that enable students to see themselves in successful careers as scientists, engineers and researchers.