NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and ISS National Lab CEO Dr. Joseph Vockley to Host Press Conference at ISS R&D Conference

Press Release From: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019

On Wednesday, July 31, during the 8th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC), NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory Chief Executive Officer Dr. Joseph Vockley will hold a press conference to discuss the critical importance of our nation’s only orbiting laboratory.

Wednesday morning, Bridenstine will give a keynote address at ISSRDC, the nation’s premier microgravity research conference that brings together commercial companies, government agencies, and academic institutions to foster innovation onboard the orbiting laboratory. During his talk, Bridenstine will focus on the humanitarian and economic impacts of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, its vital role in developing a sustainable marketplace in low Earth orbit, and how work on the space station is paving the way toward technological innovations that will lead to Americans returning to the moon by 2024.

Later in the afternoon, Bridenstine and Vockley will participate in a livestreamed press conference focused on how the space station is enabling valuable benefits to people on Earth and enhancing our capabilities to live and work beyond low Earth orbit. See below for additional details on the press conference, including how to participate.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
International South Room

1:00–1:30 p.m. EDT


  • (Host) Joseph Vockley, Ph.D., International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory Chief Executive Officer
  • Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator

How to Attend the ISS Research and Development Conference as Media:
Accredited members of the media that wish to attend the ISS Research and Development Conference in person can register here.

How to Follow the Livestream:
All main sessions of ISSRDC will be livestreamed through

The press conference will be livestreamed through Facebook Live @ISSNATIONALLAB.

How to Participate:
Those unable to attend the press conference in person but wish to ask questions can do so via Facebook comments or through Twitter by using the #askISSRDC hashtag.

Media Contact:
Patrick O’Neill
(321) 480-1054


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About the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the ISS as the nation’s newest national laboratory to optimize its use for improving quality of life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by non-NASA U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The ISS National Lab manages access to the permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space.

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