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NASA Speaker Questions Relevancy of NASA In Today's World

Press Release From: Langley Research Center
Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010

image VHS tapes, record players and other gadgetry have been declared "outdated" due to the advent of more robust and efficient technology. Now that NASA has reached middle age, is it also considered "outdated?"

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, U.S. space program advisor A. Thomas Young will present "Does NASA Matter?" at 2 p.m. in the Reid Conference Center. Young hopes to give insight on NASA's role and importance in the mature space world of today.

Media who wish to interview Young at a news briefing at NASA Langley at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the presentation should contact Chris Rink at 864-6786 or by e-mail at christopher.p.rink@nasa.gov by noon on the day of the talk for credentials and entry to the center.

That evening, Young will present a similar talk for the general public at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center in downtown Hampton. The evening presentation is free and no reservations are required.

NASA was created at the dawn of space exploration to provide focus, direction and leadership for the U.S. civil space program. Young will address and provide perspective on NASA's role in the modern world.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Young is involved with various advisory and review activities associated with the NASA. He began his career at NASA Langley where he was involved with the Lunar Orbiter Project and Viking Project before being named Director of Planetary Programs at NASA Headquarters. A year later, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Ames Research Center. Young received many awards for his contributions and currently holds the position of vice chair of the National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board as well as chairman of the Science Applications International Corporation.

For more information about NASA Langley's Colloquium and Sigma Series Lectures: http://shemesh.larc.nasa.gov/Lectures/

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