NASA News: NASA Hosting Human Space Exploration Workshop

WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a three-day Human Space Exploration
Community Workshop in San Diego starting on Monday, Nov. 14. The
agency will introduce the International Space Exploration
Coordination Group's Global Exploration Roadmap during the event.

The workshop will frame the Global Exploration Roadmap, with overviews
of NASA's plans for human spaceflight, including exploration missions
to an asteroid and Mars. The goal is to review the work done
developing international exploration scenarios while seeking
community input on the long-term scenarios represented in the roadmap.

NASA is seeking industry and academia feedback to shape strategy,
assist with investment priorities and refine international
exploration scenarios for human exploration and operations through
the 2020's. The agency has outlined an ambitious program moving
forward that relies on private industry to assume transportation of
cargo and crew to the International Space Station, while NASA focuses
on deep space exploration.

The workshop is part of a continuing agency effort to engage the
broader space community in appropriate forums. More events will
follow as part of a series of "theme focused" opportunities for human
spaceflight exploration planning and engagement.

To register for the workshop, visit:


Due to space limitations, reporters are invited to watch the workshop
via webcast and submit questions via email. For details, visit:


For more information about NASA's human exploration plans, visit:



NASA's Next-Generation Space Observatory Comes To Baltimore

WASHINGTON -- Journalists are invited to an up-close look at a
full-size model of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope at the Maryland
Science Center, located at 601 Light Street in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

The model is on display through Oct. 26 as part of the recent
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference
that was held in Baltimore. ASTC is a nonprofit organization of
science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement
with science among increasingly diverse audiences.

A press conference will culminate the 13-day public display on
Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 9:45 a.m. EDT, at the Maryland Science Center.
Participants will include:

- U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)
- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver
- John Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics and Webb
telescope senior project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, Md.
- Adam Riess, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, professor
of astronomy and physics at the Johns Hopkins University, and a
senior member of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore
- Riccardo Giacconi, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics and
university professor at the Johns Hopkins University
- John Grunsfeld, deputy director of the Space Telescope Science
Institute and a former astronaut who participated in three
spaceflights to service the Hubble telescope

For more information or access to the event, media representatives
should contact Lon Rains at 703-280-4363 or lon.rains@ngc.com.

The Webb telescope will provide images of the first galaxies ever
formed and explore planets around distant stars. The unique
observatory is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and
the Canadian Space Agency.

For more information about the Webb telescope, visit:



Media Invited To Orion Spacecraft Water Landing Test At Langley

HAMPTON, Va. -- Reporters are invited to attend a water impact test of
an 18,000-pound Orion test article at NASA's Langley Research
Center's Hydro Impact Basin in Hampton, Va., on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Journalists must arrive by 1:30 p.m. EDT at the NASA Langley main
gate. The test will occur between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Due to the nature
of the testing; an exact drop time cannot be given. Journalists also
will have the opportunity to interview subject matter experts and
take a tour of the facility prior to the test. If the drop test date
changes due to weather or technical reasons, NASA will issue an
advisory to journalists of the change.

Testing began this summer at Langley at the Hydro Impact Basin to
certify the Orion spacecraft for water landings. The Orion will carry
astronauts into space, providing emergency abort capability,
sustaining the crew during space travel, and ensuring safe re-entry
and landing.

The Hydro Impact Basin is 115 feet long, 90 feet wide and 20 feet
deep. It is located at the west end of Langley's historic Landing and
Impact Research Facility, or Gantry, where Apollo astronauts trained
for moon walks.

To ensure access and badging, reporters must contact Amy Johnson by
phone at 757-272-9859 or by email at amy.johnson@nasa.gov by 4 p.m.
on Wednesday. To attend the tour, journalists must have their
organization identification and wear proper attire, which includes
closed-toe shoes.

For video and still imagery that documents ground breaking of the
Hydro Impact Basin through various stages of Orion testing, visit:


For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:



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