[meteorite-list] NASA Administrator Visits California Centers, Meets Media

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 14:02:34 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201305202102.r4KL2Yvf013806_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

May 20, 2013

Michael Cabbage
Headquarters, Washington
mcabbage at nasa.gov



WASHINGTON -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will hold media
availabilities at all three of the agency's centers in California
this week, highlighting progress on the asteroid mission, commercial
crew transportation and space technology development.

Bolden will tour of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems'
Dream Chaser spacecraft Wednesday, May 22 at NASA's Dryden Flight
Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base. SNC is preparing the
vehicle for tow, captive-carry and free-flight tests later this year
as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) initiatives to
develop safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the
International Space Station and low-Earth orbit.

Bolden, Dryden Center Director David McBride and Sierra Nevada's
director of flight operations, former NASA space shuttle astronaut
Steve Lindsey, will make remarks and take questions from the media
next to the vehicle at 10 a.m. PDT.

Media representatives who want to participate in the Dream Chaser tour
and briefings must request credentials from Dryden's public affairs
office at drydenpao-media at mail.nasa.gov or 661-276-3449 by no later
than 5 p.m., today, May 20. Journalists should plan to arrive at
Dryden no later than 9:30 a.m. PDT May 22.

On Thursday, May 23, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in
Pasadena, Bolden will see a prototype ion thruster being tested for
NASA's mission to capture and relocate an asteroid. JPL and NASA's
Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are developing the ion thruster
jointly. The administrator, mission engineers and asteroid experts
will make remarks and take questions from the media at 11 a.m.

Journalists who want to participate in the asteroid redirect briefing
should contact DC Agle at 818-393-9011.

On Friday, May 24, at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field,
Bolden, Ames Center Director S. Pete Worden and Rep. Mike Honda (17th
congressional district) of California will visit Ames' Space Shop to
see work being done on PhoneSat nanosatellite technology and additive
manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, which is a critical part
of President Obama's push for building a strong American
manufacturing sector. The PhoneSat program recently launched three
small satellites built from off-the-shelf cellular phone technology.
Bolden, Worden and Honda will make remarks and take questions at 10

Media representatives who want to participate in the Ames media
availability should contact Mike Mewhinney at 650-604-3937 by 4 p.m.
May 23.

While at the three centers, Bolden also will speak with employees and
be briefed on current programs, projects and operations.

For more information about NASA's programs and missions, visit:


Received on Mon 20 May 2013 05:02:34 PM PDT

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