Press Release

NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum

By SpaceRef Editor
May 31, 2013
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will deliver the keynote address at the annual Space Weather Enterprise Forum Tuesday, June 4, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auditorium and Science Center, located at 1301 East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Md.

Media representatives are invited to attend the forum, which will focus on the impact of space weather events on communications, navigation, and national security. The theme of this year’s forum is “Space Weather Impacts: They Happen All the Time.” It will examine the high-frequency, low-impact events that routinely occur, but generally go unnoticed by the public. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT. Bolden will speak at 8:30 a.m., and several other NASA officials will make presentations.

Forum participants include researchers, policymakers, and forecasters sharing information to raise awareness about space weather and its effects. Space weather involves conditions and events on the sun and in near-Earth space that can affect critical space-borne and ground-based technological systems, such as electric power grids, communications and navigation systems.

The NASA participants include:

— Victoria Elsbernd, acting director, Heliophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
— Madhulika Guhathakurta, STEREO and Living with a Star program scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

— Michael Wargo, chief exploration scientist, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
— Lauri Newman, robotic conjunction assessment manager, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— Neal Zapp, Office of the Chief Engineer, NASA Headquarters

The forum is sponsored by the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology’s National Space Weather Program Council in Washington. Registration is required, but free of charge for journalists. For additional information and to register online, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.