NASA Invites Media To View Orion, Speak With Kennedy Space Center Director

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April 11, 2013

Amber Philman
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Rachel Kraft
Headquarters, Washington



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA is offering media representatives at the 
Kennedy Space Center in Florida an opportunity on Monday, April 15, 
to see Orion, the spacecraft that could take astronauts on a sample 
collection mission to an asteroid as early as 2021.

The event, marking three years since President Obama set a goal of 
sending humans to an asteroid, will begin at noon EDT with a photo 
and interview availability with Robert Cabana, Kennedy's center 

Media should arrive at Kennedy's Press Site by 11:30 a.m. for 
transportation to the Operations and Checkout Building. Other 
speakers include Dan Dumbacher, deputy associate administrator for 
Exploration Systems Development; Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager; 
and Keith Hefner, Space Launch System Program planning and control 

Cabana, Dumbacher, Geyer and Hefner will discuss progress made on 
final assembly and integration of Orion for its uncrewed Exploration 
Flight Test-1 in 2014. Before Orion's launch from Cape Canaveral Air 
Force Station, Fla., the production team will apply heat-shielding 
thermal protection systems, avionics and other hardware to the 

During the test, Orion will travel 3,600 miles from Earth, farther 
than any crewed spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years. The main 
objective is to test Orion's heat shield at the high speeds generated 
during a return from deep space.

Media without NASA Kennedy accreditation must apply for credentials by 
4 p.m. Friday, April 12. International media accreditation for this 
event is closed. Badges for this event may be picked up at Kennedy's 
badging office on State Road 405. The credential application is 
located online at:  

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), a heavy-lift launch vehicle that 
will provide new capability for human exploration beyond low-Earth 
orbit, will boost Orion off the planet on a flight test in 2017. SLS 
is designed to be flexible for launching spacecraft for crew and 
cargo missions. It will expand human presence and enable new missions 
of exploration into the solar system.

NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston manages the Orion Program. 
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the 
SLS Program. Kennedy manages the Ground Systems Development and 
Operations Program, which is preparing to process and launch the new 
vehicles and spacecraft designed to achieve NASA's goals for space 

For more information about the Orion program, visit:

For more information on the Space Launch System, visit:

For more information about the Ground Systems Development and 
Operations program, visit: 


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