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March 11 Events Highlight NASA’s Moon to Mars Plans, FY 2020 Budget

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

NASA invites media and social media to agency centers across the country Monday, March 11, to get an up-close look at America’s work to return astronauts to the Moon and on to Mars, following the delivery of President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal to the U.S. Congress.

The main event will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will address the agency’s workforce at 1 p.m. EDT. His remarks will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA centers then will host media and social media for tours and presentations. 

Following Bridenstine’s address, media and social media at Kennedy will be able to see first-hand: 

  • Exploration Ground Systems efforts to transform Kennedy into a multi-user spaceport 
  • Facilities where the solid rocket boosters, and other hardware, for the agency’s powerful Space Launch System (SLS) are processed, manufactured and assembled 
  • NASA’s Super Guppy, which is being modified to carry the Orion spacecraft
  • A ground prototype of a deep space habitat concept built by commercial partner Lockheed Martin

U.S. media interested in attending the Kennedy event must submit an accreditation request online by noon Thursday, March 7, at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

The deadline for international media has passed. For questions about accreditation, please email ksc-media-accreditat@mail.nasa.gov. For other questions about the event at Kennedy, contact the center’s newsroom at 321-867-2468.

Media interesting in attending a tour at other NASA centers are welcome to contact those centers directly.

Also on March 11, NASA’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff DeWit, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Strategy, Budget, and Performance, Andrew Hunter, will brief media on the agency’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal during a 5 p.m. teleconference. To participate in this briefing, media must contact Karen Northon at karen.northon@nasa.gov no later than 2 p.m. March 11.

Audio and visuals from the teleconference will stream live at:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

The agency budget, and supporting information, will be available online Monday at:

https://www.nasa.gov/budget

NASA is going to the Moon and on to Mars, in a measured, sustainable way. The direction from Space Policy Directive-1 builds on the hard work NASA is doing on its SLS and Orion spacecraft, agency efforts to enable commercial partners, its work with international partners at the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit, and what NASA learns from its current robotic missions at the Moon and Mars. Learn more at:

https://www.nasa.gov/moontomars

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