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NASA to Host Media Telecon on Space Station Status

Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington                                        
202-358-1100
jbuck@nasa.gov
 
Kelly Humphries
Johnson Center, Houston
281-483-5111
kelly.o.humphries@nasa.gov
ADVISORY : M12-021 NASA to Host on Space HOUSTON — NASA will host a media at 2 p.m. CST today to discuss the status of the International Space Station and the progress toward an updated launch schedule, including international partner and commercial space vehicles.

International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini will answer reporters’ questions.

To participate, news media representatives should call the Johnson Space Center Newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 1:30 p.m. CST.

For live audio streaming of the , visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio
For more information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station – end – text-only version of this release

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Media Invited to Up Close Look at Engine Test Facilities for Next Deep Space Rocket

ADVISORY : M12-012 to Up Look at Test for Next Deep BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Media representatives are invited to NASA’s Stennis Center in Mississippi on Jan. 25 for a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities used for testing the J-2X engines that will launch astronauts on missions to deep aboard the Launch System (SLS).

Journalists will have the opportunity to visit the:
— Test Control Center that manages all J-2X test-firings
— A-1 Test Stand where J-2X powerpack testing is set to begin soon
— Engine Assembly Facility where assembly of the J-2X is completed

NASA officials will brief media on the new SLS and J-2X engine, the process for preparing an engine for testing, and what takes place on the day of an engine test.

Participants include:
— Tom Byrd, J-2X engine lead in the SLS Liquid Engines Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
— Gary Benton, J-2X engine testing project manager at Stennis

To attend, media representatives must contact Rebecca Strecker at 228-688-3249 or rebecca.a.strecker@nasa.gov no later than noon CST on Jan. 24. News media must arrive no later than 9 a.m. on Jan. 25 to allow time for clearance and escort on site and must be wearing flat, closed-toe shoes.

For more information on the J-2X engine, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/j2x

For more information on the Space Launch System, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/sls– end – text-only version of this release

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Wallops Media Roundtable With NASA’s Space Technology Director

ADVISORY : M12-011 Media With NASA’s ISLAND, Va. — Journalists are to a roundtable discussion at 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 24, with NASA’s Chief Technologist Mason Peck during his visit to the agency’s Flight Facility at Island, Va.

Wallops Flight Facility Director Bill Wrobel will join Peck for the event. They will discuss Wallops’ important role in the agency’s development of cutting-edge technologies and innovations that will enable NASA’s future missions in science, exploration and space operations.

Wallops will conduct critical high-altitude balloon and sounding flights for several major space technology projects during the coming years. The center will test inflatable aerodynamic decelerators for safely returning cargo to Earth from the International Space and large payloads on planetary surfaces. NASA also will launch a small technology secondary payload aboard a commercial rocket from Wallops this year.

Reporters interested in attending the media roundtable at Wallops must contact Keith Koehler at 757-824-1579 or keith.a.koehler@nasa.gov by 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. To join the roundtable by telephone, journalists should call: 1-800-369-6087 or 1-773-756-0843 and use the passcode “Wallops.”

For information about high altitude balloon and sounding rocket programs at Wallops, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/wallops

For Peck’s biography and information about the Office of the Chief Technologist, visit:

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Media Invited to Simulation of Asteroid Mission

ADVISORY : M12-009 to of HOUSTON – An astronaut and geologist will camp out in a prototype Exploration Vehicle this week to simulate an mission at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Astronaut Al Drew and geologist Jose M. Hurtado of the University of Texas in El Paso will spend three days and two nights living inside the Space Exploration Vehicle, or SEV’s, cabin.

Media representatives interested in seeing part of the simulation at 2:30 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 19, must contact Brandi Dean at brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The is invited to ask the crew questions via Twitter @Desert_RATS for a Twitterview the crew will participate in at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Questions should be marked #SEV. RATS stands for Research and Studies.

The SEV will be placed on an air-bearing floor to allow it to virtually float, much the way a hockey puck floats on an air hockey table. This will allow the crew to see how the SEV would handle in a microgravity environment and evaluate the view from the vehicle’s windows.

During the media opportunity, one crew member will be conducting a simulated spacewalk in the virtual reality laboratory as the other assists from inside the SEV. Journalists also will be able to see the rover moving on the air-bearing floor as the crew simulates driving it in microgravity.

For information about the RATS tests, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/desertrats

For more information about the SEV, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/home/SEV.html

Follow the RATS via Twitter at:

http://www.twitter.com/Desert_RATS– end – text-only version of this release

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NASA TV’s Public, Media Channels Transitioning to HD

ADVISORY : M12-007 NASA TV’s , Media to HD WASHINGTON — Beginning Feb. 17, 2012, NASA Television’s Public and Media will transmit their respective content in high definition.

NASA Television’s Public Channel (101), the channel most often carried by cable and satellite service providers, provides digital coverage of NASA missions and events, as well as documentaries, archival and other special programming.

NASA TV’s Media Channel (103) provides coverage, news conferences and relevant video and audio materials to local, national and international news-gathering organizations.

NASA TV’s Education Channel (102) will continue in standard definition. The current NASA TV HD Channel (105) will cease service.

For complete NASA TV downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv– end – text-only version of this release

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Media Invited To Final Orion Spacecraft Water Landing Test

ADVISORY : M12-002 to Test HAMPTON, Va. – Media representatives are invited to watch as the Orion crew capsule makes its final landing test on Thursday, Jan. 5, at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Hydro Impact Basin in Hampton, Va.

Testing began last summer to certify the Orion spacecraft for water landings. Orion will carry astronauts into , providing emergency abort capability, sustaining the crew during travel and ensuring safe re-entry and landing.

Since July 2011, engineers have conducted eight tests at different angles, heights and pitches to simulate varying sea conditions and impacts that Orion could face upon landing in the Pacific Ocean.

The test will simulate deployment of all parachutes at a high impact pitch of 43 degrees. The capsule will travel approximately 47 mph before splashing into the basin, where it will likely flip over after impact. While this type of landing scenario is not likely to occur during actual vehicle operation, the test will validate models of how the spacecraft would respond. Like the Apollo spacecraft, Orion will have an on-board system that allows the spacecraft to up-right itself in the ocean.

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 moonwalks.

Journalists must arrive by 1 p.m. EDT at the NASA Langley main gate. Due to the nature of the testing, an exact drop time cannot be given. If the drop test date changes due to weather or technical reasons, NASA will issue a media advisory.

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, Jan. 4.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/exploration/hib.html

For more information about Orion, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orion– end – text-only version of this release

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Media Invited to Final Orion Spacecraft Water Landing Test

ADVISORY : M12-002 to Test HAMPTON, Va. – Media representatives are invited to watch as the Orion crew capsule makes its final water test on Thursday, Jan. 5, at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Hydro Impact Basin in Hampton, Va.

Testing began last summer to certify the Orion spacecraft for water landings. Orion will carry astronauts into , providing emergency abort capability, sustaining the crew during travel and ensuring safe re-entry and landing.

Since July 2011, engineers have conducted eight tests at different angles, heights and pitches to simulate varying sea conditions and impacts that Orion could face upon landing in the Pacific Ocean.

The test will simulate deployment of all parachutes at a high impact pitch of 43 degrees. The capsule will travel approximately 47 mph before splashing into the basin, where it will likely flip over after impact. While this type of landing scenario is not likely to occur during actual vehicle operation, the test will validate models of how the spacecraft would respond. Like the Apollo spacecraft, Orion will have an on-board system that allows the spacecraft to up-right itself in the ocean.

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 moonwalks.

Journalists must arrive by 1 p.m. EDT at the NASA Langley main gate. Due to the nature of the testing, an exact drop time cannot be given. If the drop test date changes due to weather or technical reasons, NASA will issue a media advisory.

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, Jan. 4.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/exploration/hib.html

For more information about Orion, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/orion– end – text-only version of this release

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NASA To Host Media Teleconference On Probes’ Moon Orbit Insertion

Dwayne Brown     
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1726
dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov
 
DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-393-9011
agle@jpl.nasa.gov
 
Caroline McCall
Massachusetts Institute of , Cambridge
617-253-1682
cmccall5@mit.edu
ADVISORY : M11-426 NASA To Host On ’ Moon PASADENA, Calif. — NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Dec. 28, to preview twin being placed in orbit around the moon on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

NASA’s twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes were launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force on Sept. 10, 2011. GRAIL-A is scheduled to arrive in lunar orbit beginning at 1:21 p.m. PST on Saturday, Dec. 31, and GRAIL-B on Sunday, Jan. 1, beginning at 2:05 p.m. PST. After confirmation they are in orbit and operating nominally, the two solar-powered spacecraft will fly in tandem orbits to answer longstanding questions about the moon and give scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed.

Participants are:
– Maria Zuber, principal investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
– David Lehman, project manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.

To participate, reporters must contact the JPL Media Relations Office at 818-354-5011 by 10:30 a.m. PST on Dec. 28 for the call-in number and passcode.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed at:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio Supporting images will be available 15 minutes prior to the teleconference at:
http://1.usa.gov/grailnews

For more information about GRAIL visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/grail – end – text-only version of this release

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