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NASA research center to erect historical markers

Thursday - 5/10/2012, 10:26am  ET

HAMPTON, Va. - NASA's Langley Research Center will erect a pair of historical highway markers outside the center's front gate.

One marker recognizes Langley as the first civilian aeronautics lab when it was formed as Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1917. The other marker recognizes Chesterville Plantation, whose archaeological remains are on Langley property. The plantation was the home of George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a prominent Virginia attorney, legislator and judge.

NASA paid $3,000 for the signs. The research center applied for the historical designations as part of its preservation and cultural awareness efforts.

While NASA has obtained the signs, it wasn't immediately clear on Thursday when they'll go into the ground.

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